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Abraham, William [pseud. Mabon] (1842–1922), trade unionist and politician, was born at Cwmafan, near Port Talbot, Glamorgan, on 14 June 1842, the fourth son of Thomas and Mary Abraham. His father, a coalminer and copper smelter, soon died, leaving his mother to raise a large family. ...

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William Abraham [Mabon] (1842–1922) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Adam, William (1828–1898), carpet manufacturer, was born on 10 June 1828 in Paisley, the eldest of five children and the only son of Peter Adam (c.1798–1861), hand-loom weaver, and his wife, Elisa.

Adam began his career in Paisley, working as a hand-loom cotton weaver and later as a warehouseman. On 16 June 1854 he married ...

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Andrews [née Smith], Elizabeth (1882–1960), political organizer and campaigner for women's rights, was born on 15 December 1882 at 13 John Street, Penderyn, Brecknockshire, the third of the eleven children of Samuel Smith, coalminer and general dealer, and his wife, Charlotte, née...

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Ballard, Philip Boswood (1865–1950), educationist, was born on 13 February 1865 at Tŷ Gwyn, Maesteg, Glamorgan, the second of four children of Evan Ballard, grocer, draper, and later manager of a tinplate works, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Philip Cook, a local doctor. Between the ages of five and seventeen, he attended the local British elementary school in ...

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Charles, David (1762–1834), Calvinistic Methodist preacher and writer, a younger brother of the celebrated Thomas Charles of Bala, and son of Rees Charles, farmer, and his wife, Jael Bowen, was born at Pant-dwfn, Llanfihangel Abercywyn, in Carmarthenshire, on 11 October 1762. He was apprenticed to a flax dresser and rope maker at ...

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Charles, David (1812–1878), Calvinistic Methodist minister and educationist, was born on 23 July 1812 in Bala, the fourth in the family of three daughters and two sons of Thomas Rice Charles (d. 1819), a linen draper, and his wife, Maria, née Jones...

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Charles, Thomas (1755–1814), Methodist preacher, was born on 14 October 1755, probably at Longmoor, Llanfihangel Abercywyn, Carmarthenshire. He was the son of Rees Charles, a prosperous farmer, and his wife, Jael Bowen; David Charles (1762–1834) was his younger brother. All their sons were given an education. ...

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Thomas Charles (1755–1814) by Hugh Hughes, c. 1814 by permission of Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

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Churchey, Walter (1747–1805), poet, was born at Brecon on 7 November 1747 into a family which may have originated in Somerset. His father was Walter, fifth son of Walter Churchy of Brecon (d. 1646). He attended Christ College, Brecon, where Thomas Coke...