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Brooksbank [née Soutar], Mary Watson (1897–1978), revolutionary and songwriter, was born on 15 December 1897 at 29 Shiprow, Aberdeen, the only daughter of five children born to Alexander Soutar (1867–1953), dock labourer and founding member of Aberdeen Dockers' Union, and his wife, ...

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Edward Marcus Despard (1751–1803) by John Chapman, pubd 1804 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Despard, Edward Marcus (1751–1803), army officer and revolutionary, was born into a military family in Queen's county, Ireland, on 6 March 1751; the youngest of six sons of William Despard and his wife, Jane. John Despard (1743/4–1829) was his brother. He joined the army as an ensign in 1766 and was promoted lieutenant in 1772, while stationed in ...

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John Maclean (1879–1923) by unknown photographer, 1919 [David Kirkwood (1872–1955) [far left] and [centre] at a workers' demonstration in Glasgow] Glasgow Museums People's Palace

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Maclean, John (1879–1923), revolutionary socialist, was born in Pollokshaws, Glasgow, on 14 August 1879, the sixth child of Daniel Maclean, a potter, and his wife, Annie McPhee, a weaver, who were members of the strictly sabbatarian Original Secessionist church. Maclean was eight years old when his father died, and he was brought up by his mother and maternal grandmother. Despite financial difficulties, he entered the ...

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Singh, Bhagat [known as Bhagat Singh Sandhu] (1907–1931), revolutionary and writer, was born in the village of Banga, Punjab, India (now in Pakistan) on 27 September 1907, the second of the four sons and three daughters of Kishan Singh Sandhu, a farmer and political activist, and his wife, ...

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Volkhovsky, Felix Vadimovich (1846–1914), revolutionary and man of letters, was born into a family of impoverished gentry in Poltava, eastern Ukraine, on 6 July 1846 os, the son of Vadim Volkhovsky and his wife, Yekaterina. After spending his early childhood there and in ...

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Felix Vadimovich Volkhovsky (1846–1914) by unknown photographer © reserved