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Balfour [née Campbell], Lady Frances (1858–1931), suffragist leader and churchwoman, was born at Argyll Lodge, Kensington, London, on 22 February 1858, the fifth daughter and tenth of twelve children of George Douglas Campbell, eighth duke of Argyll (1823–1900), and his first wife, ...

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Lady Frances Balfour (1858–1931) by Bassano, 1919 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Codd, Clara Margaret (1876–1971), suffragette and theosophist, was born on 10 October 1876 at Pill House, Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple, north Devon, the eldest of ten children of Henry Frederick Codd (d. 1899) and his wife, Clara Virginia, née Botto (1853–1927). She was educated at home by governesses, and at fifteen rejected Christianity and declared herself an atheist. When she was twenty-three her father, a school inspector, died and the family moved to ...

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Knightley [née Bowater], Louisa Mary, Lady Knightley (1842–1913), churchwoman and women's activist, was born on 25 April 1842 at 37 Lower Grosvenor Street, London, the only child of Major-General Sir Edward Bowater (1787–1861) and his wife, Emilia Mary, daughter of Colonel Michael Barne...

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Mansfield [née Fellowes], Margaret, Lady Sandhurst (bap. 1827, d. 1892), women's suffragist and spiritualist, was the youngest of the seven children of Robert Fellowes (1779–1869) of Shotesham Park, Norfolk, and his second wife, Jane Louisa Sheldon (d. 1871); his father also had a child from his first marriage. She was baptized at ...

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O'Neill, Arthur George (1819–1896), reformer and minister of religion, was born in Chelmsford, Essex, in September 1819. His father, Arthur O'Neill, a coachmaker, was an Irish protestant refugee, and his mother, Ann, claimed descent from John Rogers, a protestant martyr in Mary Tudor's...

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Royden, (Agnes) Maude (1876–1956), suffragist and preacher, was born on 23 November 1876 at Mossley Hill, near Liverpool, youngest of the eight children of Sir Thomas Bland Royden, first baronet (1831–1917), shipowner and MP, and his wife, Alice Elizabeth (1844–1932), daughter of Thomas Dowdall...

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(Agnes) Maude Royden (1876–1956) by Elliott & Fry, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Winifred Margaret Coombe Tennant (1874–1956) by Ian Smith, 1946 [Princess Elizabeth (centre), later Queen Elizabeth II, at one of the Gorsedd stones, between her two sponsors, Mrs Winifred Coombe Tennant and Mrs Maud Thomas] Getty Images

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Tennant, Winifred Margaret Coombe [née Winifred Margaret Pearce- Serocold; pseuds. Mam o Nedd, Mrs Willett] (1874–1956), suffragist and spiritualist medium, was born at Rodborough Lodge, Rodborough, Gloucestershire, on 1 November 1874, the only child of George Edward Pearce-Serocold (1828–1912), lieutenant in the ...