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Arnot, Frederick Stanley (1858–1914), missionary in Africa, was born on 12 September 1858 at his parents' home, 8 Byrnbank Terrace, Glasgow, the son of William Arnot, a merchant, and Elizabeth Helen, née Macdonald. The family moved to Hamilton in 1864, where Frederick became a playmate of ...

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Barnardo, Thomas John (1845–1905), philanthropist and founder of Dr Barnardo's Homes, was born on 4 July 1845 at 4 Dame Street, Dublin, the fourth of five children of John Michaelis Barnardo (1800–1874), a Prussian subject and furrier, and his second wife, Abigail, daughter of ...

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Thomas John Barnardo (1845–1905) by Stepney Causeway Studios, in or before 1905 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edward Crowe

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Barton, Sir Sidney (1876–1946), diplomatist, was born at Devonshire Place, Union Road, Exeter, on 26 November 1876, the youngest son in a family of four sons and four daughters of James Barton (1834–1919), captain in the Royal Artillery, and his wife, Mary Barbara (...

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Beer, Patricia (1919–1999), poet, was born in Exmouth, Devon, on 4 November 1919, the younger daughter of Andrew William Beer, a railway clerk at Exeter station, and his wife, Harriet Jeffery (d. 1935), a schoolteacher. She grew up in the nearby village of ...

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Bevan [née Shuttleworth], (Emma) Frances (1827–1909), translator and poet, was born in Oxford on 25 September 1827, the eldest of three children of Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth (1782–1842), warden of New College, Oxford (1822–40), and bishop of Chichester (1840–42), and Emma Martha Welch...

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Alexander Gordon

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Borlase, Henry (1806–1835), Plymouth Brother, eldest son of Henry and Ann Borlase, was born at Helston, Cornwall, on 15 February 1806, and educated by Dr Warren at Ottery St Mary, Devon, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1828. After taking orders he became curate at ...

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Bowes, John (1804–1874), preacher and author, was born on 12 June 1804 in Swineside, Coverham parish, Yorkshire, the son of a farmer. Bowes joined the Wesleyan Methodists in 1817 but, while working for a brewer in Leyburn, he transferred to the Primitive Methodists because of their revivalist successes, becoming a circuit preacher in 1822. He married ...

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Boyd, Sir Robert Lewis Fullarton (1922–2004), physicist and engineer, was born on 19 October 1922 at 5 Melbourne Terrace, Saltcoats, Ayrshire, the elder of twin sons of William John Boyd, a works chemist, and his wife, Dorothy Jane, née Sibthorpe. Two years after his birth the family moved to ...

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Brown, Dame Edith Mary (1864–1956), medical missionary and founder of the North India School of Medicine for Christian Women, was born on 24 March 1864 at Bank Buildings, 10A Coats Lane, Whitehaven, Cumberland. One of six children, she was the second of three daughters born to ...