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Carlile, Elizabeth Sharples (1803–1852), freethought lecturer and advocate of women's rights, was one of six children born to Ann and Richard Sharples, a counterpane manufacturer, in Bolton, Lancashire, probably late in 1803. The family was pious and prosperous, the children received a good education, and ...

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Cohen, Chapman (1868–1954), freethought writer and lecturer, was born in Leicester on 1 September 1868, the elder son of Enoch Cohen, a Jewish confectioner, and his wife, Deborah Barnett. His upbringing was more noted for the absence of Christianity than for any positive Jewish features. He attended a local elementary school but was otherwise self-educated. Although an avid reader, versed in ...

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Cooper, Thomas (1805–1892), Chartist and religious lecturer, was born on 20 March 1805 in Leicester, the illegitimate son of a dyer. His mother continued working as a dyer after the early death of Cooper's father, which indicates that the relationship was more than transitory. Living in ...

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Detrosier, Rowland [formerly Rowley Barnes] (1800?–1834), freethinking radical and popular lecturer, was born in London, the son of a Manchester merchant, Robert Norris, and a Frenchwoman named Detrosier. His parents abandoned him soon after his birth and he was adopted by a Swedenborgian tailor from ...

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Miller, Florence Fenwick (1854–1935), journalist and public lecturer, was born on 5 November 1854 in London, the eldest in the family of two sons and one daughter of Captain John Miller (1817–1895), a sea captain in the merchant marine, and his wife, Eleanor, formerly Estabrook (1823–1890)...

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Taylor, Alec Clifton- (1907–1985), architectural historian and lecturer, was born on 2 August 1907 at Sutton, Surrey, the eldest of three children and the only son of Stanley Edgar Taylor (fl. 1870–1935), corn merchant, and his wife, Ethel Elizabeth Clifton Hills (...