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Attlee [née Millar], Violet Helen, Countess Attlee (1895–1965), charity fund-raiser and prime minister’s wife, was born at Heathdown, East Heath Road, Hampstead, on 20 November 1895, the youngest of eleven children of Henry Edward Millar (1856–1912), a commission merchant in import/export trade, and his wife, ...

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Carpenter, Christina (fl. 1329–1332), religious recluse, was the unmarried daughter of William, a carpenter who lived in the tiny Surrey village of Shere in the second and third decades of the fourteenth century. Of humble birth, Christina was seemingly destined for an unremarkable and historically invisible life. However, in the summer of 1329 she took the serious step of applying to the bishop of ...

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Lloyd George [née Owen], Margaret (1866–1941), politician and charity worker, was born on her family’s farm, Mynydd Ednyfed Fawr, near Cricieth, Caernarfonshire, on 3 November 1864. She was the only child of Richard Owen, a prosperous tenant farmer and ‘offspring of landed gentry stock’ (Lloyd George, 37), and his wife ...

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Kentigerna [St Kentigerna, Caintigern] (d. 734), anchorite, was an Irish noblewoman who ended her days as an anchorite on a Scottish island. She owes her fame to her reputation for holiness and to the holiness and status of her male kin: she was the daughter of ...

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Markyate, Christina of (b. c. 1096, d. after 1145), hermit and prioress of Markyate, was born c.1096, the daughter of an Anglo-Saxon nobleman, Auti, whose family had large possessions in Huntingdon, and his wife, Beatrix. Her baptismal name was Theodora, but she later took the name ...

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Miller [née Haring], Millie (1922–1977), social worker and politician, was born at 9 Windsor Terrace, Hoxton, London, on 8 April 1922, the fourth of five children of Barney Haring (1881–1947), diamond polisher, and his wife, Sarah, née Zomerplaag (...

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Nun of Watton (b. 1146x9), Gilbertine nun and figure of scandal, is known only from the account of the two miracles associated with her that was written by Ailred of Rievaulx (d. 1167) in the early 1160s. It survives in one manuscript, probably written in the late 1160s and now Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 139, folios 149...

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Thistlethwayte [née Bell], Laura Eliza Jane Seymour (1831?–1894), courtesan and lay preacher, was the daughter of Captain Robert H. Bell of Bellbrook, Glenavy, co. Antrim, and his second wife, Laura Jane Seymour, an illegitimate daughter of the third marquess of Hertford...

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Wright, Sheila Rosemary Rivers (1925–2013), social worker and politician, was born in Cawnpore (now Kanpur), Uttar Pradesh, India, on 22 March 1925, the only child of Daniel Rivers Wright (1881–1937), police inspector general, and his second wife, Frances Grace, née...