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Thomas Arnold (1823–1900) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arnold, Thomas (1823–1900), literary scholar and teacher, was born on 30 November 1823 at Laleham, Middlesex, the third of the nine surviving children of Dr Thomas Arnold (1795–1842), schoolmaster and clergyman, and his wife, Mary, née Penrose (1791–1873), youngest daughter of the Revd John Penrose...

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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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Cusack, Michael [Micheál Cíosóg] (1847–1906), schoolmaster and a founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association, was born on 20 September 1847 at Carron parish, Burren, co. Clare, Ireland, second son of Matthew Cusack (d. 1868), a herdsman, and his wife, Bridget Flannery (...

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Farnaby, Thomas (1574/5–1647), schoolteacher and grammarian, was the son of a London carpenter, also named Thomas, and his wife, Dorothy Foxcroft; he was probably the Thomas Fernabye baptized at St Michael Bassishaw, London, on 21 September 1575. According to Wood, he was a relative of the composer ...

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Greenwood, John (c. 1539–1609), schoolmaster, was probably a native of Yorkshire. He entered St John's College, Cambridge, as a pensioner on 27 May 1558 or at Easter 1559. He apparently transferred to St Catharine's College, where he proceeded BA in 1562 and MA in 1565. He was given letters dimissory from ...

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Harrison, Alice [known as Dame Alice] (c. 1680–c. 1765), schoolmistress, was born at Fulwood Row, near Preston, Lancashire, and was brought up in the Church of England. She came into early contact with Roman Catholic literature and, while still a minor, became a Catholic against her parents' wishes. Treated by them with great severity for this conduct, she remained firm in her convictions, but was eventually forced to leave home....

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Hastings [née Daunais], Hazel Mary (1897–1993), teacher and Roman Catholic laywoman, was born on 8 November 1897 on a farm at Eagle Hills, near Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada, the daughter of Charles Michel Daunais (d. 1901), a farmer, and his wife, Mabel Grant Hutchison (1873–1961)...

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Hickey, Emily Henrietta (1845–1924), writer and schoolteacher, was born on 12 April 1845 at Castle Macmine, co. Wexford, Ireland (home of her mother's Stewart ancestors), the second of two daughters of Canon John Stewart Hickey and his wife, a Newton-King related to the ...

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Higginson, Teresa Helena (1844–1905), Roman Catholic schoolteacher and mystic, was born at Holywell in north Wales on 27 May 1844, the third child of the family of five daughters and three sons of Robert Francis Higginson (1816–1877) and his wife, Mary, née Bowness (...

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MacMoyer [Weyer], Florence (d. 1713), informer and schoolmaster, was born in co. Armagh, into a family which since at least the mid-fourteenth century had been hereditary keepers of the Book of Armagh and had as a consequence enjoyed a large landholding under the archbishop. In 1609 this amounted to eight townlands in the barony of ...

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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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Newby, Peter (1745–1827), Roman Catholic schoolmaster and author, was born at Horncop Hall, near Kendal in Westmorland, the son of William Newby (1702–1772), a waller and land agent, and his wife, Elizabeth Carter (c.1707–1772), of Thistleton, Lancashire. After attending the Catholic preparatory school operated by ...

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Oldcastle, Hugh (d. 1543), schoolmaster and author of a text on double entry accounting, was the third and youngest son of Richard Oldcastle (d. 1520), a shearman carrying on his trade in the city of London, and his wife, Joan (Johane). The date of ...

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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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Proctor, John (1521–1558), schoolmaster and author, was born in Somerset and matriculated as of that county at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in January 1537, being described as sixteen years and nine months old. He graduated BA on 20 October 1540 and was immediately elected to a fellowship at ...

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Twyne, John (c. 1505–1581), schoolmaster and antiquary, was born at Bullington, Hampshire, the son of William Twyne. He matriculated at Oxford; his college is unknown, but in 1523–4 he heard Juan Luis Vives, the Spanish humanist, lecture in Corpus Christi College, and saw ...