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Aguilar, Grace (1816–1847), writer on Jewish history and religion and novelist, was born on 2 June 1816 in Hackney, Middlesex, the eldest of the three children of Emanuel Aguilar (1787–1845), merchant, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1854), daughter of Jacob Dias Fernandez...

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Alleine, Theodosia (fl. 1654–1677), nonconformist writer, was a daughter of Richard Alleine (1610/11–1681), rector of Batcombe, Somerset. Whether her mother was his first wife (whose name is unrecorded) or his second, Frances, is not known. Both her father and her paternal uncle, William Alleine...

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Allen [née Archer], Hannah (c. 1638–1668x1708), nonconformist writer, was the daughter of John Archer of Snelston, Derbyshire, and his wife, the daughter of William Hart of Uttoxeter Woodland in nearby Staffordshire. Her father, who was from a family of tanners and tailors, died when ...

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Armstrong [née Cobbe], Lucie (1851–1907), musician and writer on etiquette, was the daughter of Major Charles Henry Cobbe and granddaughter of General George Cobbe (b. 1782), who was descended on the paternal side from Charles Cobbe (1687–1765), archbishop of Dublin (1742–3). She was the second cousin of ...

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Barber, Margaret Fairless [pseud. Michael Fairless] (1869–1901), religious writer, was born on 7 May 1869 at Castle Hill House, Rastrick, West Riding of Yorkshire, the youngest of three daughters of Fairless Barber (1835–1881), solicitor and archaeologist, and his wife, Maria Louisa, née...

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Barking, Clemence of (fl. 1163–c. 1200), Benedictine nun and hagiographer, of Barking Abbey, was responsible for an Anglo-Norman life of St Catherine of Alexandria which is the only life of this saint known to have been written by a woman in medieval ...

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Benson, Margaret (1865–1916), Egyptologist and religious philosopher, was born on 16 June 1865 at Wellington College, Berkshire, the fourth of the six children of Edward White Benson (1829–1896), archbishop of Canterbury (1882–96), and his wife, Mary (1841–1918), daughter of the Revd William Sidgwick...

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Blount, Elizabeth Anne Mould de Sodington [née Elizabeth Anne Mould Williams; other married name Elizabeth Anne Mould Morgan], Lady de Sodington Blount (1850–1935), pamphlet writer and social activist, was born on 7 May 1850 at 82 Upper Stamford Street near Waterloo, Lambeth, London...

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Borthwick, Jane Laurie (1813–1897), hymn writer and translator, was born on 9 April 1813 in Edinburgh, the first daughter of James Borthwick, insurance manager of the North British Insurance Office, and his wife, Sarah Finlay, both staunch members of the Free Church of Scotland...

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Boulding, Mary [name in religion Maria] (1929–2009), nun and theologian, was born on 3 May 1929 at 94 Kenilworth Avenue, Wimbledon, Surrey, the eldest of three daughters of Reginald Sidney Henry Boulding (1894–1962), an electrical engineer and radar specialist, who was a Catholic convert, and his second wife, ...

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Bowdler [née Cotton], Elizabeth Stuart (d. 1797), religious writer, was the second daughter and coheir of Sir John Cotton, sixth baronet (d. 1752) [see under Cotton, Sir Robert Bruce], of Steeple Gidding and Connington, Huntingdonshire, and his wife, Jane, daughter of ...

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Boyce, (Nora Elisabeth) Mary (1920–2006), scholar of Zoroastrianism, was born on 2 August 1920 in Darjeeling, India, where her parents were resting. Her father, William H. Boyce, was a judge in the Calcutta high court. Her mother, Nora, née Gardiner, was a granddaughter of the historian ...

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Browne, Mary [name in religion Bonaventure] (d. in or before 1694), Poor Clare abbess and chronicler, was born in Galway city, the daughter of Andrew Browne, a merchant. Her mother's identity is uncertain; O'Brien notes that the identification of Catherine Bodkin, of ...

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Elizabeth Burnet (1661–1709) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1707 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burnet [née Blake; other married name Berkeley], Elizabeth (1661–1709), religious writer, was born on 8 November 1661, the elder daughter of Sir Richard Blake (b. 1614×16), of the Strand, London, and his second wife, Elizabeth (b. 1640/41?), daughter of John Bathurst MD (d. 1659)...

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Caddell, Cecilia Mary (1814–1877), religious author, was born at Harbourstown, co. Meath, the daughter of Richard O'Farrel Caddell, of Harbourstown House, Balbriggan, co. Meath, and Paulina (d. 1856), daughter of Thomas Arthur, second Viscount Southwell. Through her father she was descended from an old Catholic family....

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Chidley, Katherine (fl. 1616–1653), religious controversialist and Leveller, was of unknown origins and background. By 1616 she was married to Daniel Chidley (fl. 1616–1649), a tailor of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and in the same year gave birth to their first child, Samuel Chidley...

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Janet Colquhoun, Lady Colquhoun (1781–1846) by Henry Thomas Ryall (after Colvin Smith, 1834) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Colquhoun [née Sinclair], Janet, Lady Colquhoun (1781–1846), religious writer, was the second daughter of Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster, first baronet (1754–1835), and his first wife, Sarah (d. 1785), the only child and heir of Alexander Maitland of Stoke Newington. She was born in ...

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Constable, Barbara (1617–1684), Benedictine nun and writer, was the eldest of the five surviving children of Sir Philip Constable, first baronet (1595–1664), of Everingham, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and his wife, Anne, née Roper (d. 1644), daughter of Sir William Roper...