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Foster, Sir Michael (1836–1907), physiologist and politician, was born in Huntingdon on 8 March 1836, the eldest child of the three sons and seven daughters of Michael Foster (1810–1880) and his wife, Mercy Cooper. Foster was the descendant of a line of nonconformist farmers in ...

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Sir Michael Foster (1836–1907) by John Collier, 1907 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Verrall [née Merrifield], Margaret de Gaudrion (1857–1916), classicist and parapsychologist, was born on 21 December 1857 at 4 Dorset Gardens, Brighton, the first of two daughters of Frederic Merrifield (1831–1924), barrister, and Maria Angélique de Gaudrion (1824/5–1894).

Margaret Merrifield went originally to ...