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Ashe, Thomas [Tomás Aghas] (1885–1917), schoolteacher and Irish republican, was born on 12 January 1885 at Lispole, co. Kerry, the fourth son and seventh of the ten children of Gregory Ashe, a farmer, and Ellen Hanafin, daughter of Patrick Hanafin of Tobar. He became a monitor at ...

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Carrie, Isabella Scrimgeour (1878–1981), suffragette and schoolteacher, was born on 3 May 1878 at 26 Wardmill Road in the parish of St Vigeans, Arbroath, the daughter of Richard Carrie (c.1836–1912), bleachfield worker, and his wife, Ann Robertson Harris (c.1842–1903)...

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Cary [née Shadd], Mary Ann Camberton (1823–1893), schoolmistress, newspaper editor, and political activist, was born on 9 October 1823 in Wilmington, Delaware, eldest of thirteen children of Abraham Doras Shadd (1801–1882), a shoemaker, and his wife, Harriet Parnell (1806–1880). Free African Americans in a slave state, prominent in the anti-slavery and negro convention movements, her family moved to ...

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Mary Ann Camberton Cary (1823–1893) by unknown photographer, c. 1845–55 National Archives of Canada / C-029977

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Corbet [other married name Campbell], Freda Künzlen (1900–1993), teacher and politician, was born at 67 Trinity Road, Tooting, London, on 15 November 1900, the eldest of the three children of Adolf Frederic Hermann Künzlen, a commercial clerk and later an insurance agent, and his wife, ...

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Freda Künzlen Corbet (1900–1993) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Garba-Jahumpa, Ibrahima Momodou (1912–1994), schoolteacher and politician in Gambia, was born in Bathurst (Banjul), capital of the British colony of Gambia, in 1912, the son of Momodou Jahumpa, a shipwright and senior figure in the local Mohammedan Society, whose family had emigrated to ...

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Halket, George (bap. 1692, d. 1756), Jacobite songwriter and schoolmaster, son of James Halket, was baptized in Banff on 6 July 1692. He completed his studies at King's College, Aberdeen, 1709–13, but—as was then quite common—did not graduate. In 1714 he was appointed schoolmaster, precentor, and session clerk of ...

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Harrington, Illtyd (1931–2015), teacher and local politician, was born on 14 July 1931 at 34 Greenfield Terrace, Penybryn, Merthyr Tydfil, one of three children of Timothy (Tim) Harrington (1898–1973), stonemason’s labourer, and his wife, Sarah (Sally), née Burchell (1904–1973). His father was a Communist, who, under cover of night, went off to fight for a year against ...

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Lowerison, Bellerby [Harry] (1863–1935), socialist and schoolmaster, was born on 13 July 1863 in Great Lumley, co. Durham, son of George Lowerson, a coalminer, and his wife, Dorothy Richardson. Very little is known about his early life and some basic facts are unclear. The family's name on his birth certificate is ...

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Macphail, Agnes Campbell (1890–1954), schoolteacher and politician in Canada, was born on 24 March 1890 in a log farmhouse in Proton township in south-western Ontario, Canada, the first of three girls of Dougald MacPhail (1864–1929), a farmer and auctioneer, and his wife, Henrietta Campbell (...

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Giuseppe Mazzini (1805–1872) by John Andrews, 1852 in a private collection; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Mazzini, Giuseppe (1805–1872), politician, thinker, and teacher, was born in Genoa on 22 June 1805, but spent most of his adult life in England as an impoverished exile. His father, Giacomo, was professor of medicine at Genoa University and married Maria Drago; they also had three daughters. ...

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Morrell [née Galleway], Frances Main (1937–2010), schoolteacher, political adviser, and local government politician, was born on 28 December 1937 at 16 Penley Grove Street, York, the daughter of Frank Galleway (1906–1970), a labourer at the Rowntree's confectionery factory in the city, and his wife, ...

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Margaret Mary Pearse (1878–1968) by Thomas D. Mcavoy, 1952 Getty Images – Thomas D. Mcavoy

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Pearse, Margaret Mary (1878–1968), teacher and politician, was born at 27 Great Brunswick Street (later Pearse Street), Dublin, on 4 August 1878, the eldest child of the two daughters and two sons of James Pearse (1839–1900), stone carver and sometime pamphleteer, and his second wife, ...

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Phillips [née Lusher], Norah Mary, Baroness Phillips (1910–1992), schoolteacher and politician, was born at 50 Biscay Road, Fulham, London, on 12 August 1910, the only daughter of William Charles Lusher (1880–1944), postman, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of John Cassidy, of Newcastle...

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Roadknight [née Powell], Jane Annie (1852/3–1929), schoolteacher and inspector of schools, was born at Leeds, Yorkshire, according to the census of 1901, when her age was recorded as forty-eight. No birth certificate has been located. On her marriage certificate she was described as the daughter of ...

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Smith, Mary (1822–1889), schoolmistress and radical, was born on 7 February 1822 at Cropredy in Oxfordshire, the fourth child of William Smith, a boot and shoe maker, and Ann, née Pride, a cook from a prosperous farming family. Ann Smith died in 1824, shortly after the birth of her fifth child, when ...

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Told, Silas (1711–1778), schoolmaster and prison visitor, was born at the Lime Kilns in Bristol on 3 April 1711 of 'very creditable' parentage. His father, a physician like his paternal grandfather, lost money invested in the building of a wet dock and died at sea. His mother was the daughter of ...