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Aikenhead, Mary Frances (1787–1858), Roman Catholic nun, was born on 19 January 1787, in the house adjoining the Aikenhead and Dupont apothecary premises on the corner of Grand Parade and Castle Street in Cork. She was the eldest of four children of Dr David Aikenhead...

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Mary Frances Aikenhead (1787–1858) by unknown artist, c. 1807 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cambridge, Alice (1762–1829), preacher, was born on 1 January 1762 in Bandon, co. Cork, the daughter of a Church of Ireland father and a Presbyterian mother (d. 1780). According to a fragment of autobiography, her father was a convivial man, whose love of company 'led him from his God, and kept him from making his own home and family as comfortable as they should be'. Her mother, on the other hand, was 'of a meek and quiet spirit and … of a very sweet and peaceable demeanour' (...

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Cummins, Geraldine Dorothy (1890–1969), writer and medium, was born on 24 January 1890 at 17 St Patrick's Place, Cork city, the fifth of eleven children of Dr (William E.) Ashley Cummins, physician, and his wife, Jane Constable, née Hall (d. 1944). She was educated by a governess. She became active in the suffrage movement, and was appointed honorary treasurer of the ...

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Margaret Anne Cusack (1829–1899) by unknown photographer, pubd 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cusack, Margaret Anne [name in religion Mary Francis Clare; called the Nun of Kenmare] (1829–1899), founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace and writer, was born on 6 May 1829 in York Street, Dublin, the elder of two children of ...

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Gayer [née Jones], Henrietta (d. 1814), Methodist leader, was the daughter of Valentine Jones of Lisburn, co. Antrim; her date of birth and her mother's name are unknown. In 1758 she married Edward Gayer (d. 1799) of Derryaghy, near Lisburn, clerk to the Irish ...

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Kerr, Cecil Chetwynd [née Lady Cecil Chetwynd Chetwynd-Talbot], marchioness of Lothian (1808–1877), Roman Catholic convert, was born on 17 April 1808 at Ingestre Hall, Staffordshire, the daughter of Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, second Earl Talbot of Hensol (1777–1849), and his wife, Frances Thomasine (1782–1819)...

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Lutton, Anne (1791–1881), Wesleyan Methodist preacher, was born on 16 December 1791 in Moira, co. Down, the youngest of the eleven surviving children of Ralph Lutton (1751–1828), classical scholar and linguist, and Anne Lutton (1751–1816), his wife and cousin. Anne had no regular systematic education, though she could read and write from an early age. She was taught arithmetic and needlework at home, and at seventeen attended a Moravian school for instruction in satin stitch and embroidery, English grammar, and geography. At twenty-two she embarked on the study of Latin and Greek, and went on to master several European languages as well as Hebrew, Samaritan, Syriac, Arabic, and Persian. ...

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McLoughlin [nic Lochlainn; married name Norton], Katherine (fl. 1671–1679), Quaker preacher, was born to wealthy parents in or near Coleraine, co. Londonderry. She may have been related to and even the sister of Dúnal ‘Gorm’ (‘Blue’) Mac Lochlainn, a protestant minister of Clonmany parish...

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Harriet Monsell (1811–1883) by Sir Frederic William Burton private collection

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Monsell [née O'Brien], Harriet (1811–1883), founder of the Community of St John Baptist, Clewer, was seventh of the nine children of Sir Edward O'Brien, fourth baronet, of Dromoland in co. Clare, and his wife, Charlotte, née Smith, whose father was an attorney. She had three sisters and five brothers, one of whom was ...

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