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Aylward, Margaret Louisa (1810–1889), philanthropist and Roman Catholic nun, was born on 23 November 1810 in Thomas Street, Waterford, the fifth child of William Aylward (d. 1840), merchant, and his wife, Ellen Mullowney, née Murphy (c.1781–c.1860). There were ten children born of the marriage, and a half-brother, from ...

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Blomfield [née Ryan], Sara Louisa [Sitárih Khánum] (1859–1939), Bahءi promoter and philanthropist, was born in Knockaneven, near Limerick, the daughter of Matthew John Ryan. She received a convent education in England. On 21 April 1887 she married Arthur William Blomfield (1829–1899), architect and son of ...

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Gilmore [née Morris], Isabella (1842–1923), philanthropist and Church of England deaconess, was born on 17 July 1842 at Woodford Hall, Essex, the eighth of the ten children of William Morris (1797–1847), City billbroker with Messrs Sanderson & Co., and his wife, Emma (1805–1894)...

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Herbert, (Mary) Elizabeth, Lady Herbert of Lea (1822–1911), Roman Catholic convert and philanthropist, was born on 21 July 1822, the only daughter of General Charles Ashe À Court Repington (1785–1861), sometime MP for Heytesbury, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Gibbs (d. 1878)...

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(Mary) Elizabeth Herbert, Lady Herbert of Lea (1822–1911) by Richard James Lane, 1850 (after James Rannie Swinton, 1850) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mackay, Isabella Gordon [Bella] (1777/8–1850), philanthropist and religious activist, was probably born at her parents' home near Brora in Sutherland, the youngest daughter of John Gordon of Carrol and Isabella McLeod of Geanies. Although her father's estate was small, Bella, as she was known, enjoyed 'highly respectable connexions' (...

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Maxwell [née Brisbane], Darcy, Lady Maxwell of Pollok (1742/3–1810), follower of Methodism and philanthropist, was born at Brisbane in Largs, Ayrshire, the youngest daughter of Thomas Brisbane. She was educated at home and in Edinburgh. On 19 February 1760, aged seventeen, she married ...

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Paton, Catherine Forrester- (1855–1914), philanthropist and a founder of women's missionary training in Scotland, was born on 1 June 1855 at Claremont Bank, Alloa; she was the second child and only daughter of Alexander Forrester (1823–1883), merchant and woollen manufacturer, and his wife, ...

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Temple, Georgina Cowper- [née Georgina Tollemache], Lady Mount-Temple (1821?–1901), religious enthusiast, was born on 8 October, probably in 1821 in Ireland, the ninth daughter and twelfth child of Admiral Richard Delap Halliday (1772–1837), who in 1821 assumed the name and arms of ...

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Georgina Cowper- Temple, Lady Mount-Temple (1821?–1901) by Robert Thorburn The Collection of Pictures, Helmingham Hall. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Weale, Charlotte Julia (1829–1918), religious philanthropist, was born in Marylebone, London on 9 December 1829, the daughter of James Weale (1787-1838) and his wife, Susan Ellis (née de Vesien) (1796-1855). Her father was principal clerk of the Crown Commissioners of Woods, Forests, and Land Revenues, employed in ...

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Charlotte Julia Weale (1829–1918) by John Deane Hilton, 1882 private collection