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Anne Jemima Clough (1820–1892) by Sir William Blake Richmond, 1882 The Principal and Fellows, Newnham College, Cambridge

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Clough, Anne Jemima (1820–1892), college head and promoter of women's education, was born in Liverpool on 20 January 1820, the third child and only daughter of James Butler Clough (1784–1844), cotton merchant, and his wife, Anne (d. 1860), daughter of John Perfect...

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Fogerty, Elsie (1865–1945), founder and principal of the Central School of Speech and Drama, was born at Sydenham, London, on 16 December 1865, the daughter of Joseph Fogerty (d. 1899), engineer and architect, of Dublin, and his wife, Hannah Cochrane (d...

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Elsie Fogerty (1865–1945) by Reginald Grenville Eves, 1937 © reserved; reproduced by courtesy of Central School of Speech and Drama, Embassy Theatre, London

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Hadow, Grace Eleanor (1875–1940), college head and social worker, was born on 9 December 1875 at South Cerney vicarage, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the youngest child and fourth daughter of William Elliot Hadow (1826–1906), vicar of South Cerney, and his wife, Mary Lang (...

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Higgins, Ellen Charlotte (1871–1951), college head and feminist, was born at 12 Trinity Square, Brixton, London, on 14 August 1871 (she was always reticent about the date of her birth). Her parents, Henry Bell Higgins, a publisher, and his wife, Margaret Hay, who were both of Scottish descent, sent her to ...

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Lupton, Roger (1456–1540), college head and founder of Sedbergh School, was born in July 1456 in the parish of Sedbergh, Yorkshire, possibly the son of Thomas Lupton. He was at King's College, Cambridge, from 1479 until at least 1484; he was admitted BCnL in 1484 and in DCnL in 1504. He was probably employed in the ...

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Phelps, Lancelot Ridley (1853–1936), college head and authority on social administration, the third son of Thomas Prankerd Phelps, rector of Ridley, Kent, and honorary canon of Rochester Cathedral, and his wife, Laura, fourth daughter of Sir Percival Hart Dyke, fifth baronet, was born at ...

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Lancelot Ridley Phelps (1853–1936) by Briton Riviere, 1916 courtesy of the Provost and Fellows of Oriel College, Oxford

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Stocks [née Brinton], Mary Danvers, Baroness Stocks (1891–1975), women's activist and college head, was born on 25 July 1891 at 8 Queen's Gate Terrace, Kensington, London, the eldest of the three children of Roland Danvers Brinton MD MRCP (1858–1946) and his wife, ...

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Mary Danvers Stocks, Baroness Stocks (1891–1975) by Philip Connard, exh. RA 1952 Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wills, John (1741–1806), college head and benefactor, was born at Seaborough, Somerset, the only son of John Wills. He was educated at Hertford College, Oxford, where he matriculated on 18 March 1758, and soon after transferred to Wadham College. He graduated BA in 1761, proceeded MA on 13 July 1765, and was elected a fellow of ...