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

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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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Arendrup [née Courtauld], Edith (1846–1934), artist and Roman Catholic religious sister, was born on 1 September 1846 at Bocking, Braintree, Essex, the younger child and only daughter of John Minton Courtauld (d. 1877), junior partner in Samuel Courtauld & Co., silk and crepe manufacturers, and his wife, ...

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Arundell, Dorothy (1559/60–1613), author and Benedictine nun, was the daughter of Sir John Arundell (1527×30–1590) [see under Arundell family] of Lanherne, Cornwall, and Lady Anna Stourton, daughter of the earl of Derby. The Arundells were the chief mainstay of Catholicism during ...

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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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Bailleul, Matilda de (d. 1212), abbess of Wherwell, was the daughter of Baldwin (I), lord of the Flemish town of Bailleul, north-west of Lille. Her brother, Baldwin (II), and successive members of the family became castellans of Bailleul, Ypres, and Oudenburg. Obits of many of them are recorded in the calendar of a surviving psalter which eventually came to ...

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Ball, Frances [name in religion Mary Teresa] (1794–1861), Roman Catholic nun, was the fifth and youngest child of John Ball of Dublin (d. 1804), a wealthy merchant, and his second wife, Mabel Clare Bennett (d. 1831). She was born on 9 January 1794 at ...

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Barking, Clemence of (fl. 1163–c. 1200), Benedictine nun and hagiographer, of Barking Abbey, was responsible for an Anglo-Norman life of St Catherine of Alexandria which is the only life of this saint known to have been written by a woman in medieval ...

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Barton, Elizabeth [called the Holy Maid of Kent, the Nun of Kent] (c. 1506–1534), Benedictine nun and visionary, is of obscure origins. Nothing is known about her early life or family. Barton is unlikely to have received any sort of formal education during her childhood, and she was almost certainly illiterate. By the time she first entered the public arena, at the age of nineteen, she was working as a servant in the household of a certain ...

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Bathurst, Catherine Anne [name in religion Mary Catherine Philip] (1825–1907), Roman Catholic nun, was born at Summerleaze, Wookey, Somerset, on 14 July 1825, the youngest of the three daughters and six sons of General Sir James Bathurst (1782–1850) and Lady Caroline Stuart (...