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Ablett, Noah (1883–1935), miners' leader and adult educator, was born on 4 October 1883 in Ynys-hir, near Porth, Rhondda, Glamorgan, the tenth of eleven children of John Ablett, miner, and his wife, Jane, née Williams. Educated at Ferndale higher grade school, he was a boy preacher. He followed his father and elder brothers and started work in the ...

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Davidson, Thomas (1840–1900), philosopher and adult educationist, was born on 25 October 1840 in Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, the elder child of the unmarried Mary Warrender, a farm labourer, and Thomas Davidson, a farmer. His brother, John Morrison Davidson, journalist and radical, was born in 1843. When his grandfather died, his grandmother, by now widowed mother, and aunt moved to the nearby village of ...

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Hughes, Herbert Delauney [Billy] (1914–1995), adult educationist and politician, was born on 7 September 1914 at 47 The Mall, Swindon, Wiltshire, the only child of Arthur Percy Hughes, secondary school teacher, and his wife, Maggie Ellen Delauney, former elementary school headteacher. When he was six the family moved to ...

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King, Edmund James (1914–2002), comparative educationist, was born on 19 June 1914 at 87 Dill Hall Lane, Church, Oswaldtwistle, near Blackburn, Lancashire, the son of James King, a cotton tape sizer and later a salesman of electrical appliances, and his wife, Mary Alice, ...

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Milligan, Francis Sydney (1894–1965), adult educationist, was born on 18 September 1894 at 5 Grosvenor Square, Poulton-cum-Seacombe, Birkenhead, the son of Alexander M'Call Milligan, a commercial clerk, and his wife, Emily Cummine. Educated at Wallasey grammar school in Cheshire, he won a scholarship to ...

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Roberts, Robert Davies (1851–1911), adult educationist, was born at Aberystwyth on 5 March 1851, the eldest child of Richard Davies Roberts, a timber merchant and shipowner, and his wife, Sara Davies. His background was strictly Calvinistic Methodist. He received his early education in ...

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Tylecote [née Phythian], Dame Mabel (1896–1987), adult educationist, was born on 4 February 1896 in Crumpsall, Manchester, the daughter of John Ernest Phythian (1858–1935), a solicitor, journalist, and university extension lecturer, and his wife, Ada Prichard Crompton (d. 1931). She spent her childhood at ...