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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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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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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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Rolf Loeber and Magda Stouthamer-Loeber

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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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...

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Coventry [née Somerset], Anne, countess of Coventry (1673–1763), religious writer, was born on 22 July 1673, the daughter of Henry Somerset, then third marquess of Worcester and later first duke of Beaufort (1629–1700), politician, and Mary Capel (bap. 1630, d. 1715)...

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Deverell, Mary (d. 1805), moral and religious writer, was born probably at Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire. She described herself as 'a person of obscure and undistinguished rank' (Deverell, Sermons, 3rd edn, iv) and may have come from a clothing family. She was possibly related to the family of ...

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Docwra [née Waldegrave], Anne (c. 1624–1710), religious writer, was the eldest daughter of Sir William Waldegrave of Bures, Suffolk, of a leading gentry family and a justice under Charles I. When she was about fifteen her father stimulated what became her considerable study of the law by directing her to read the statutes of the realm, since women 'must live under [the laws] as well as men' (...

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Dougall, Lily (1858–1923), novelist and religious author, younger daughter of John Dougall and his wife, Elizabeth Redpath, was born in Montreal, Canada, on 16 April 1858 and privately educated there. Her elder brother, John Redpath Dougall, became owner and editor of the Montreal Witness...

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Egerton [née Grey], Bridget, Lady Egerton (d. 1648), religious writer, was the only surviving daughter of Arthur Grey, fourteenth Baron Grey of Wilton (1536–1593), and his second wife, Jane Sibylla (1552–1615), daughter of Sir Richard Morison and widow of Edward Russell, Baron Russell...

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Forster, Mary (c. 1619–1686), religious writer, is of unknown birth and parentage, but her date of birth can be inferred from her approximate age at death. She married Thomas Forster (d. 1660), a lawyer, and they had eight children.

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Furlong, Monica Mavis (1930–2003), novelist and writer on religion, was born on 17 January 1930 at 29 Kenton Park Avenue, Kenton, Middlesex, the younger daughter of Alfred Gordon Furlong (c.1889–c.1970), a motor tyre salesman of Irish descent, and his wife, ...

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