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C. W. Sutton

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Baker, Charles (1803–1874), teacher of deaf people, was born on 31 July 1803, the second son of Thomas Baker, headmaster of the Lancasterian School, Severn Street, Birmingham, and his wife, Charlotte Mould. His elder brother was Franklin Baker (1800–1867); his younger brothers included ...

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Henry Baker (1698–1774) by William Nutter, pubd 1812 (after W. B. Thomson) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baker, Henry (1698–1774), natural philosopher and teacher of deaf people, was born on 8 May 1698 in Quality Court, Chancery Lane, London, to William Baker, a clerk in chancery, and his wife, Mary, the daughter of Aaron Pengry, comptroller of the petty bag office. His father died when he was very young, and he himself recorded that he was brought up by his paternal grandmother. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to a bookseller of ...

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Bell, Alexander Graham (1847–1922), teacher of deaf people and inventor of the telephone, was born on 3 March 1847 at 16 South Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, the second of three sons of Alexander Melville Bell (1819–1905), speech therapist and elocutionist, and his first wife, ...

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Alexander Graham Bell (1847–1922) by John Wycliffe Lowes Forster, 1919 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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Alexander Gordon

revised by Michael Bevan

Braidwood, Thomas (1715–1806), teacher of deaf people, was born in Scotland and educated at Edinburgh University. He was for some time assistant in the grammar school at Hamilton, and afterwards opened a mathematical school in Edinburgh. On 1 October 1752 he married Margaret Pearson...

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Bullar, John (1778–1864), schoolmaster and campaigner for liberal causes, was born on 27 January 1778 in the parish of Holy Rood, Southampton, probably at 95/96 High Street, the son of John Bullar (1744–1836), peruke maker and hairdresser of Southampton High Street, and his wife, ...

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John Bullar (1778–1864) by Richard Cockle Lucas, 1854 Sotheby's Picture Library, London; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carbutt [married name Herford], Louisa (1832–1907), schoolmistress and educational pioneer, was born on 25 September 1832 at Altona, near Hamburg, Germany, the daughter of Francis Carbutt (1792–1874) and his wife, Louise Petronella, daughter of George Henry Penecke of Copenhagen. Sir Edward Hamer Carbutt, ...

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Dawson, Agnes (1873–1953), feminist and headteacher, was born on 7 March 1873 at 121 East Surrey Grove, Peckham, London, the daughter of Isaac Dawson, a journeyman carpenter and later master builder, and his wife, Sarah, formerly Burford. On leaving elementary school in Peckham...

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Grant, Clara Ellen (1867–1949), headmistress and settlement worker, was born on 21 June 1867 in Chapmanslade, Corsley, near Warminster, Wiltshire, the second of at least nine children of Thomas Grant, a painter and plumber, who was proprietor of an interior decoration business, and his wife, ...

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Hannay [née Wilson], Jane Ewing (1868–1938), schoolteacher and women's welfare campaigner, was born on 8 February 1868 at the manse, New Abbey, near Dumfries, the daughter of the Revd James Stewart Wilson, a Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Jane Ewing, ...

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Hutton, James Scott (1833–1891), teacher of deaf people and author, was born on 10 May 1833 in Perth, Scotland, son of George Hutton (1801–1870) and Ann Scott (b. 1803/4), both natives of Perthshire. Raised on Melville Street, Perth, in a strongly Secessionist family, ...

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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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Phipps, Emily Frost (1865–1943), feminist and headmistress, was born on 7 November 1865 at 9 South Hill Buildings, Stoke Damerel, Devonport, Devon, the daughter of Henry John Phipps, coppersmith at Devonport Dockyard, and his wife, Mary Ann, formerly Frost. She had a brother and a sister. On leaving elementary school she became a pupil teacher in an elementary infants' school and studied in the evenings to gain entrance to ...

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Porter, Mary Eliza (1835–1905), headmistress and promoter of women's education, was born in Chelsea, Middlesex, on 6 October 1835, and baptized at the Trevor Chapel (Independent), Bromptom Row on 14 February 1836, the eldest of three daughters of Joseph Long Porter (1809-1884...

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Procter, Jane (1810–1882), headmistress and temperance campaigner, was born on 2 November 1810 in Worsell in the parish of Kirklevington in Yorkshire, the first of the four children of James Procter (1766–1816), merchant, and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Thurnam of ...

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Silcox, Lucy Mary (1862–1947), headmistress and feminist, was born on 11 July 1862 at Warminster, Wiltshire, the eldest of four daughters of the Revd John Wesley Silcox, Methodist minister, and his wife, Betsy, née Parkinson. She was educated at Chelsea High School for Girls...

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Lucy Mary Silcox (1862–1947) by Sir Stanley Spencer, 1925 © The Estate of Stanley Spencer 2010. All rights reserved DACS; private collection