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Emma Hardinge Britten (1823–1899) by J Gurney & Son, c.1870 Britten Memorial Museum

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Britten [née Floyd], Emma Hardinge (1823–1899), spiritualist writer and lecturer, was born in Stepney, London, on 2 May 1823, the daughter of Ebenezer Floyd (d. 1834), schoolmaster, and his wife, Anne Sophia, née Bromfield (1792/3–1886). She was baptized at St Matthew's, Bethnal Green...

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Cook, Florence Eliza (1856–1904), spiritualist and medium, was born on 3 June 1856 at Cobham, Kent, the eldest of the four children of Henry Cook (d. 1879), a compositor, and his wife, Emma Till. The Cook family moved from Kent to London...

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Cummins, Geraldine Dorothy (1890–1969), writer and medium, was born on 24 January 1890 at 17 St Patrick's Place, Cork city, the fifth of eleven children of Dr (William E.) Ashley Cummins, physician, and his wife, Jane Constable, née Hall (d. 1944). She was educated by a governess. She became active in the suffrage movement, and was appointed honorary treasurer of the ...

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Duncan [née MacFarlane], (Victoria) Helen McCrae (1897–1956), medium, was born on 25 November 1897 at 96 Main Street, Callander, Perthshire, the fourth child of Archibald MacFarlane, slater, and his wife, Isabella Rattray. As a child she earned the nickname Hellish Nell for her tomboyish exploits, but alienated her peers with hysterical outbursts and sinister predictions. Fearing shame for their Presbyterian family, ...

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Eleanor [née Eleanor Cobham], duchess of Gloucester (c. 1400–1452), alleged sorcerer, was the second wife of Humphrey, duke of Gloucester, and attracted notoriety when convicted and imprisoned for treasonable necromancy in 1441. The fourth child of Sir Reginald (or Reynold) Cobham of ...

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Freer, Ada Goodrich (1857–1931), folklorist and psychical researcher, was born at Uppingham on 15 May 1857, the daughter of George Freer, a veterinary surgeon, and his wife, Mary, née Adcock. Throughout her life she concealed her origin, giving the impression of coming from ...

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Glover, Mary (b. 1587/8), demoniac, was the daughter of Timothy Glover, a shopkeeper in the parish of All Hallows-the-Less, Thames Street, London. She was fourteen when, according to the account of her affliction by Stephen Bradwell, she was sent on an errand to the house of an old charwoman, ...