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Sir Arthur Herbert Dyke Acland, thirteenth baronet (1847–1926) by W. & D. Downey, pubd 1894 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Acland, Sir Arthur Herbert Dyke, thirteenth baronet (1847–1926), politician and educational reformer, was born at Holnicote, near Porlock, Somerset, on 13 October 1847, the third son of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, eleventh baronet (1809–1898), and his first wife, Mary (d. 1851), daughter of ...

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Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, eleventh baronet (1809–1898) by Hills & Saunders © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Acland, Sir Thomas Dyke, eleventh baronet (1809–1898), politician and educational reformer, born at Killerton, Devon, on 25 May 1809, was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (1787–1871), politician and philanthropist, and his wife, Lydia Elizabeth (d. 1856), only daughter of ...

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Ball, Sidney (1857–1918), socialist and educational reformer, was born on 20 April 1857 at Perrott House, Bridge Street, Pershore, Worcestershire, the second of seven children of Edwin Ball (d. 1867), solicitor, and his wife, Mary Ann (d. 1899), daughter of Owen Ffoulkes...

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Collet, Clara Elizabeth (1860–1948), civil servant and promoter of women's education and employment, was born at Sunny Bank, Hornsey Lane, Islington, London, on 10 September 1860, the second daughter and fourth child of Collet Dobson Collet (1812–1898), a prominent champion of press freedom and editor of ...

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Davies, (Sarah) Emily (1830–1921), suffragist and promoter of higher education for women, was born on 22 April 1830 in Southampton, the fourth child and second daughter of John Davies DD (1795–1861) and his wife, Mary Hopkinson (d. 1886), the daughter of a businessman from ...

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(Sarah) Emily Davies (1830–1921) by Rudolph Lehmann, 1880 The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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George Dixon (1820–1898) by Henry John Whitlock © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dixon, George (1820–1898), educational reformer and politician, was born on 21 July 1820 at Gomersal, Yorkshire, the fourth son in the family of five sons and three daughters of Abraham Dixon (d. 1850), merchant and inventor in the woollen textile industry, of ...

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Heywood, James (1810–1897), politician, university reformer, and philanthropist, was born in Everton, Liverpool, on 28 May 1810, the fifth son of Nathaniel Heywood, a partner in the Manchester bank of Benjamin Heywood & Sons, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Thomas Percival, MD FRS...

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Dame Louisa Innes Lumsden (1840–1935) by Olive Edis, c. 1925 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lumsden, Dame Louisa Innes (1840–1935), promoter of women's education, headmistress, and suffragist, was born on 31 December 1840 in Aberdeen. She was the seventh and youngest child of Clements Lumsden (d. 1853), advocate and writer to the signet, and his wife, Jane (...

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Melville, Frances Helen (1873–1962), promoter of higher education for women in Scotland and suffragist, was born at 4 Abbotsford Park, Merchiston, Edinburgh, on 11 October 1873, elder daughter of Francis Suther Melville (1815–1895), depute clerk of the Court of Session, and his second wife, ...

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Sargant, William Lucas (1809–1889), educational reformer and political economist, was born at King's Norton, Worcestershire, the son of William Sargant and his wife, Elizabeth. He was baptized at St Philip's, Birmingham on 25 January 1810. His father was a military arms manufacturer in ...

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Simon [née Potter], Shena Dorothy, Lady Simon of Wythenshawe (1883–1972), politician and educational reformer, was born in Croydon, Surrey, on 21 October 1883, the second of nine children of John Wilson Potter (1856–1933), a shipowner of Scottish descent, and his wife, Janet Boyd, ...

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Simson, Frances Helen (1854–1938), promoter of women's higher education and suffragist, was born at 13 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, on 2 April 1854, the daughter of William Simson (1811–1858), secretary of the Bank of Scotland, and his wife, Jane Christiana Aberdein (b. 1820)...

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Henrietta Maria Stanley, Lady Stanley of Alderley (1807–1895) by Richard James Lane, 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stanley [née Dillon-Lee], Henrietta Maria, Lady Stanley of Alderley (1807–1895), political hostess and campaigner for women's education, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 21 December 1807, the eldest child of the six sons and five daughters of Henry Augustus Dillon-Lee, thirteenth Viscount Dillon...

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Stuart, James (1843–1913), educational reformer and politician, was born in Balgonie, Fife, on 2 January 1843, the eldest child of James Gordon Stuart, mill owner, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of David Booth, lexicographer, of Newburgh, Fife. He had seven brothers, three of whom died in childhood, and one sister. He was educated at ...