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Breakwell, Thomas (1872–1902), the first English Bahaءi convert, was born at Ellen Street, Woking, Surrey, on 31 May 1872, the youngest of the five children of Edward Breakwell, blacksmith, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Knight. He received his elementary education at the local school, and subsequently emigrated with his family to the ...

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Campbell, Sybil (1889–1977), barrister and first woman stipendiary magistrate, was born on 9 October 1889 in Ceylon, the eldest of the three daughters and a son of Neill Graeme Campbell (1859–1940) of Auchendarroch, tea company agent, and his wife, Maude Georgiana (d...

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Sybil Campbell (1889–1977) by unknown photographer, c. 1940 The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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Cardale, John Bate (1802–1877), first apostle of the Catholic Apostolic church, was born at 28 Lamb's Conduit Street, Holborn, London, on 7 November 1802, the eldest of five children. His father, William Cardale, a solicitor and Worcestershire landowner, was born on 17 July 1777 and died at ...

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Coltman [née Todd], Constance Mary (1889–1969), Congregational minister and the first woman to be ordained to the Christian ministry in Britain, was born in Putney, London, on 23 May 1889, the oldest of the four children of George Todd (1844–1912), headmaster and educational administrator, and ...

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Frost, Georgina [Georgie] (1879–1939), first woman to hold public office in the United Kingdom, was born in Sixmilebridge, co. Clare, Ireland, on 29 December 1879, one of the five children born to Thomas Frost (1841/2–1938) and his wife, Margaret Kett (d. 1888)...

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Higgins, Terrence Lionel Seymour (1945–1982), first publicly identified AIDS victim in the United Kingdom, was born on 10 June 1945 in Priory Mount Hospital, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, the son of Marjorie Irene Higgins (formerly Phillips), a railway porter in Haverfordwest. Remembered through the manner of his death, and the work of the trust that bears his name, the life of ...

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Lee Boo (c. 1764–1784), first visitor to Britain from Palau, was the second son (possibly the adoptive son) of the ibedul or ruler of Palau (fl. 1764–1791), whose name is unknown. On 9 August 1783 on her return journey from China, the ...

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Lee Boo (c. 1764–1784) by Henry Kingsbury, pubd 1788 (after Georgiana Keate) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Constance Georgine Markievicz, Countess Markievicz in the Polish nobility (1868–1927) by Keogh Brothers courtesy of the National Library of Ireland