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Cresswell [née Hogge], Louisa Mary [Louise] (1830–1916), farmer and autobiographer, was born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, on 31 May 1830, the daughter of William Hogge (or Hogg) (1785/6–1862) and his wife, Eliza (or Elisabeth), née Wells (1786/7–1850). She was the tenth of eleven children, born into a prosperous and ambitious family. Her father was a successful businessman with interests in banking, brewing, and malting, and shops and premises in ...

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Mayett, Joseph (1783–1839), agricultural labourer and autobiographer, was born on 12 March 1783 at Quainton, Buckinghamshire. He was the second of the eight children born to Mary (c.1749–1829/30), the wife of Joseph Mayett (1743/4–1826), a day labourer, though his father had had two children from a previous marriage. Most of these ten children died in their infancy, and 'four was the most that ever was living at one time' (...

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Watt, Christian (1833–1923), fisherwoman and memoirist, was born on 24 February 1833 at 72 Broadsea, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, the seventh of the eight children of James Watt (1787–1868), fisherman, and his wife, Helen Noble (1788–1860). Her family was distantly related to the Saltouns, clan chiefs of the ...