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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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Armine [née Talbot; other married name Holcroft], Mary, Lady Armine (1594–1676), benefactor, was born at Overton, Huntingdonshire, the daughter of Elizabeth Reyner and Henry Talbot, fourth son of George Talbot, sixth earl of Shrewsbury. She married first Thomas Holcroft and second, on 28 August 1628, ...

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Bonwick, Theodora Ellen (1876–1928), educationist and women's rights activist, was born on 27 December 1876 at 60 Coningham Road, Shepherd's Bush, London, the daughter of William Priessnitz Bonwick, a schoolteacher, and his wife, Sarah, formerly Beddow, an executive member of the Women's Liberal Federation...

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Bradley, Katharine Harris (1846–1914), poet, collaborated with her niece Edith Emma Cooper (1862–1913) to publish verse under the pseudonym Michael Field. The aunt was born in Birmingham on 27 October 1846, the daughter of Charles Bradley (1810–1848), tobacco manufacturer of a ...

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Broad, Mary Aylett (1860–1942), headmistress, was born on 13 December 1860 at Brunswick Lodge, Wandsworth Road, Kennington, London, the eldest of twelve children, seven of whom survived (three boys and four girls), of Arthur Broad, a mercantile clerk, and his wife, Sarah Ann West...

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Brown, Nessie Stewart [née Nessie Muspratt] (1864–1958), local politician, was born on 5 September 1864 at Seaforth Hall, Litherland, near Liverpool, the second of eight surviving children of the chemical industrialist Dr Edmund Knowles Muspratt (1833–1923) and his wife, Frances Jane Baines...

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Brownlow [née Morgan], Jane Macnaughton Egerton (1854/5–1928), educationist and suffragist, was born in Paisley, the daughter of Captain George Bernard Morgan. Her father was town major at Gibraltar when she married Captain Edward Francis Brownlow (1839–1875), of the 71st highland light infantry...

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Bury [née Lawrence], Elizabeth (1644?–1720), diarist, was probably born on 2 March 1644, and was baptized on 12 March 1644 at Clare, Suffolk, one of four children of Captain Adams Lawrence of Linton, Cambridgeshire, and Elizabeth Cutts of Clare. Her father died in 1648, and in 1651 her mother married ...

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Cary, Mary (b. 1620/21), millenarian, is known only through her publications, which reveal little of her background. At first she identified herself by initials alone, styling herself a 'minister or servant of the Gospel' (The Resurrection of the Witnesses, 1648), and she did not indicate her gender or give her full name until 1651. She explained then that her surname had changed to ...

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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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Coade, Eleanor (1733–1821), manufacturer of artificial stone, was born on 3 June 1733 in Exeter, the elder daughter (there were no sons) of George Coade, wool merchant, of Exeter, and his wife, Eleanor, daughter of Thomas Enchmarch, wool merchant, of Tiverton, Devon. She was brought up as a nonconformist. The family remained in ...

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Cory, Annie Sophie [pseud. Victoria Cross] (1868–1952), novelist, was born on 1 October 1868 in Rawalpindi, Punjab, the youngest of the three daughters of Colonel Arthur Cory (bap. 1831, d. 1903), an army officer and later newspaper proprietor, and his wife, ...

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Craigie [née Richards], Pearl [pseud. John Oliver Hobbes] (1867–1906), novelist and playwright, was born on 3 November 1867 at Chelsea, Massachusetts, the first of the five children of John Morgan Richards, merchant (1840/41–1918), and Laura Hortense, née Arnold (1846–1914). Both parents were from a long line of upper middle-class protestant Americans. Immediately after ...

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Pearl Craigie (1867–1906) by George Charles Beresford, c. 1903 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Davies, Rosina (1863–1949), evangelist, was born on 2 September 1863 at Bute Street, Treherbert, Glamorgan, the third of six children of David Davies (d. 1902), coal haulier, and his wife, Hannah, née Jones (d. 1929), formerly the wife of William Watkins...