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Armour, Jean (1765–1834), wife of Robert Burns and subject of poetry, was born in Mauchline, Ayrshire, on 25 February 1765, the second of the eleven children of James Armour and his wife, Mary Smith. The family lived in Mauchline's Cowgate. James Armour was a master mason whose work included ...

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Jean Armour (1765–1834) by J. A. Gilfillan, 1822 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Blake [née Boucher], Catherine Sophia (1762–1831), wife and assistant to William Blake, was born in Battersea, Surrey, on 25 April 1762, and baptized there at St Mary's Church on 16 May 1762, the thirteenth child of William Boucher (1714–1794), a market gardener, and his wife, ...

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Margaret Montgomerie Boswell (1738?–1789) by unknown artist © reserved

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Boswell, Margaret Montgomerie [Peggie] (1738?–1789), wife of James Boswell, was born at Lainshaw, Ayrshire, the fourth of five children of David Montgomerie, formerly Laing (d. 1752), of co. Down, and Veronica Boswell (b. 1704, d. before 1753), daughter of James Boswell, ...

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Joyce [née Barnacle], Nora Joseph (1884–1951), wife and muse of James Joyce 1882–1941, was born on 21 or 22 March 1884 at the Galway union workhouse hospital, co. Galway, Ireland, the second of eight children born to Thomas Barnacle (1846–1921) and Honoraria (Annie) Healy (...

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Pepys [née de St Michel], Elizabeth (1640–1669), wife of Samuel Pepys, was born at Bideford, Devon, on 23 October 1640, the daughter of Alexandre le Marchant de St Michel (d. 1672), a descendant of a dignified Anjou family, and Dorothea (...

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Elizabeth Pepys (1640–1669) by James Thomson, 1828 (after John Hayls) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stephen [née Thackeray], Harriet Marian [Minny] (1840–1875), wife of Leslie Stephen, was born in London on 27 May 1840, the youngest of the three daughters of William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863) and his wife, Isabella Gethin Creagh, née Shawe (1816–1893). One of her sisters, ...

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Emily Sarah Tennyson, Lady Tennyson (1813–1896) by George Frederic Watts, 1865 from the Tennyson Research Centre, Lincoln. By permission of Lincolnshire County Council

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Tennyson [née Sellwood], Emily Sarah, Lady Tennyson (1813–1896), secretary and manager for her husband, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was born on 9 July 1813 in Market Place, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, the eldest of the three daughters of Henry Sellwood (1782–1867) and his wife, Sarah, ...