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Baker, Beatrice May (1876–1973), headmistress and internationalist, was born at 2 High Street, Hereford on 4 May 1876, the third daughter and youngest child in the family of three daughters and a son of Edward Joseph Baker, a gentleman's tailor in Hereford, and his wife, ...

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Boyson, Sir Rhodes (1925–2012), headteacher and politician, was born at 18 Hoyle Street, Haslingden, Lancashire, on 11 May 1925, the son of William Boyson (1885–1973), cotton spinner, and his wife, Bertha, née Barnes (1886–1978). Boyson's father served as an alderman on the local council, representing the ...

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Sir Rhodes Boyson (1925–2012) by Aubrey Hart, 1975 © Getty Images

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Heather Renwick Brigstocke, Baroness Brigstocke (1929–2004) by Jane Bown, 1973 © Jane Bown

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Brigstocke [née Brown], Heather Renwick, Baroness Brigstocke (1929–2004), headmistress and public servant, was born on 2 September 1929 at Upton Lodge nursing home, Alpha Road, Birchington, Kent, the elder daughter of Flying Officer (later Squadron Leader) John Renwick Brown, and his wife, ...

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Charlesworth, Lilian Edith (1897–1970), headmistress and promoter of international understanding, was born on 15 March 1897 at 110 Stockwell Park Road, Stockwell, London, the daughter of Jonathan Charlesworth, a schoolmaster for the London school board, and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth, née Bragg. The family, who were Presbyterians, lived in ...

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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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Mallaby, Sir (Howard) George Charles (1902–1978), public servant and headmaster, was born on 17 February 1902 at Worthing, the younger son and the youngest of the three children of William Calthorpe Mallaby, an actor, and his wife, Katharine Mary Frances Miller. He was educated at ...

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Munro [née Donald], Dame Alison (1914–2008), civil servant and headmistress, was born on 12 February 1914 at Dean Place, Liskeard, Cornwall, the fourth of five children (the first of whom died in infancy) of John Donald, a medical doctor, and his wife, ...

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Dorinda Neligan (1833–1914) by Sir James Jebusa Shannon, c. 1901 reproduced by kind permission of the Council of the Girls' Day School Trust

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Neligan, Dorinda (1833–1914), headmistress and suffragette, was born on 9 June 1833 in Cork, the fifth daughter of Thomas Neligan, a lieutenant in the army. She was educated at home by her mother, a woman of great culture, and later in Germany and ...

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Singh, Tara [known as Master Tara Singh Malhotra; formerly Nanak Chand Malhotra] (1885–1967), headmaster and politician, was born on 24 June 1885 in the village of Haryal, Punjab, India (now in Pakistan), the son of Bakhshi Gopi Chand Malhotra, a revenue official and moneylender. ...