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Aitken, James [alias John the Painter] (1752–1777), radical and arsonist, was born in Edinburgh on 28 September 1752 to George Aitken, a blacksmith, and his wife, Magdalen. The eighth of twelve children, James qualified for admission as an impoverished student to Heriot's Hospital, Edinburgh...

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Bentham, Jeremy (1748–1832), philosopher, jurist, and reformer, was born on 4 February 1748 in Church Lane, Houndsditch, London, the eldest of the seven children of Jeremiah Bentham (1712–1792), attorney, and Alicia Woodward Whitehorne (d. 1759), the eldest daughter of Thomas Grove, a mercer of ...

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Bonney, John Augustus (1763–1813), lawyer and political reformer, was born in London on 16 June 1763, and baptized on 20 June at St James's, Piccadilly, London. He was the youngest of the nine children of Thomas Bonney (1710–1764), rector of St Mary Axe, London...

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Munro [married name Munro-Ashman], Anna Gillies Macdonald (1881–1962), campaigner for women's suffrage and magistrate, was born at 32 Gladstone Street, Glasgow, on 4 October 1881, the elder daughter of Evan Macdonald Munro (c.1854–1913), schoolmaster of Edinburgh, and his wife, Margaret Ann MacVean (1858–1892)...

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Robson, William Alexander (1895–1980), jurist and reformer, was born on 14 July 1895 at Finchley, Middlesex, the first son and youngest of three children of Jack Robson, born Jacob Alexander Isaacs, a dealer in pearls in Hatton Garden, and his wife, Esther Louisa Afriat...

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Tyabji, Badruddin (1844–1906), judge and reformer in India, was born at Bombay on 10 October 1844, the eighth of ten children and the fifth of six sons of a Cambay merchant, Tyab Ali (also known as Tyabji Bhai Mian; 1803–1863), and his wife, ...