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Barham, Francis Foster [known as Alist Francis Barham] (1808–1871), transcendentalist, was born on 31 May 1808 at Leskinnick, Penzance, Cornwall, the youngest of the five sons of Thomas Foster Barham (1766–1844), musician and writer, and his wife, Mary Ann, daughter of the ...

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Britten [née Floyd], Emma Hardinge (1823–1899), spiritualist writer and lecturer, was born in Stepney, London, on 2 May 1823, the daughter of Ebenezer Floyd (d. 1834), schoolmaster, and his wife, Anne Sophia, née Bromfield (1792/3–1886). She was baptized at St Matthew's, Bethnal Green...

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Emma Hardinge Britten (1823–1899) by J Gurney & Son, c.1870 Britten Memorial Museum

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Cook, Florence Eliza (1856–1904), spiritualist and medium, was born on 3 June 1856 at Cobham, Kent, the eldest of the four children of Henry Cook (d. 1879), a compositor, and his wife, Emma Till. The Cook family moved from Kent to London...

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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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Donald, Adam [called the Prophet of Bethelnie] (1703–1780), spiritualist, was born into a poor family of peasant farmers at the hamlet of Bethelnie, 20 miles north of Aberdeen. Despite an extraordinarily large stature and build, which caused him to be regarded as a changeling, ...

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Duncan [née MacFarlane], (Victoria) Helen McCrae (1897–1956), medium, was born on 25 November 1897 at 96 Main Street, Callander, Perthshire, the fourth child of Archibald MacFarlane, slater, and his wife, Isabella Rattray. As a child she earned the nickname Hellish Nell for her tomboyish exploits, but alienated her peers with hysterical outbursts and sinister predictions. Fearing shame for their Presbyterian family, ...

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Guppy [formerly Nicholl; other married name Guppy-Volckman], (Agnes) Elisabeth (1838–1917), medium, was born Agnes Elisabeth White at 1 Gloucester Crescent, Regent's Park, London, the daughter of Charles Taylor White. Her parents died when she was eleven months old and she was raised by her maternal grandfather, the ...

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(Agnes) Elisabeth Guppy (1838–1917) by Frederick Augustus Hudson, 1872 [right, with Mrs Tebb (left), Miss Georgiana Houghton (seated), and a manifestation] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Harris, Thomas Lake (1823–1906), millenarian and mystic, was born on 15 May 1823 at Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire, the only son of Thomas Harris, an auctioneer, and his wife, Annie (née Lake), who died when her son was only nine. In 1828 the family emigrated to ...