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Holding, Thomas Hiram (1844–1930), touring cyclist and promoter of recreational camping, was born on 29 December 1844 at Steel, Prees, Shropshire, the first son and first of nine children of Daniel Holding (1813–1857), a tailor, and his wife, Sarah, née Middleton (1823–1912). His parents became Mormons, and in February 1853 they sold their possessions and the family sailed for ...

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Macphail, Agnes Campbell (1890–1954), schoolteacher and politician in Canada, was born on 24 March 1890 in a log farmhouse in Proton township in south-western Ontario, Canada, the first of three girls of Dougald MacPhail (1864–1929), a farmer and auctioneer, and his wife, Henrietta Campbell (...

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Robertson, (William) Stanley (1940–2009), singer and storyteller, was born on 8 June 1940 at 9 Powis Circle, Aberdeen, the second youngest of eight surviving children of William Robertson (1897–1981), general dealer and piper, and his wife, Elizabeth, née MacDonald (1901–1969). His family were settled Travellers, often poor. He was educated at ...

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Ronson, Michael [Mick] (1946–1993), guitarist, was born on 26 May 1946 at 98 Beverley Road, Hull, Yorkshire, the son of George Ronson, storeman, and his wife, Minnie, née Morgan. Along with Marc Bolan of T. Rex and Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music, Ronson...

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Taylor, John (1808–1887), leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was born on 1 November 1808 in Milnthorpe, Westmorland, the second of the ten children of James Taylor (1773–1870), excise officer and farmer, and his wife, Agnes Taylor (1787–1868), daughter of ...