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Barfield, (Arthur) Owen (1898–1997), writer and philosopher, was born on 9 November 1898 at 6 Grosvenor Gardens, Muswell Hill, Middlesex, the youngest of the four children of Arthur Edward Barfield, a solicitor, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Shoults. It was a free-thinking family and so immune to all 'superstition' that ...

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Law, Vivien Anne, Lady Shackleton (1954–2002), linguistic scholar, was born on 22 March 1954 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, the only daughter and elder child of John Ernest Law, engineer, and his wife, Anne Elizabeth. Both parents were of English origin, and had emigrated from ...

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Rigby [née Rayner], Edith (1872–1950), suffragette, was born on 18 October 1872 at 1 Pole Street, Preston, Lancashire, the second of seven children of Alexander Clement Rayner (1841/2–1916), surgeon, and his wife, Mary, née Pilkington Sharples (known as Polly). She was educated at ...

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Robbins, Clive Edward (1927–2011), pioneer of music therapy, was born into a baker's family on 23 July 1927 at 37 Oscott Road, Handsworth, Birmingham. His passion from a young age was music. He thrived at piano lessons from the age of fourteen and absorbed himself in popular and classical music. At the age of sixteen he joined the ...