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Appleby [née Walley], (Florence) Lucy (1920–2008), cheese-maker, was born on 1 February 1920 at Lighteach Farm, Whitchurch, Shropshire, one of eight children of Alfred Edward Walley (1886–1954), a farmer and Baptist minister, and his wife, Sarah, née Pierpoint (1891–1964). She was educated at the high school at ...

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Blyton [married names Pollock, Darrell Waters], Enid Mary (1897–1968), children's writer, was born on 11 August 1897 at 354 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London, the eldest child of Thomas Carey Blyton (1870–1920), a salesman, and his wife, Theresa Mary, née Harrison (1874–1950)...

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Copley [née Beuzeville; other married name Hewlett], Esther (1786–1851), writer, was born on 10 May 1786, probably in London, the youngest daughter of a prosperous Spitalfields silk manufacturer, Peter (Pierre) Beuzeville (1741–1812), and his wife, Mary (Marie) Griffith Meredith (1744–1811), both of French Huguenot descent. Her father retired from business and settled at ...

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Cushing [née May; other married name Williams], Winifred Emma [pseud. Patience Strong] (1907–1990), author and poet, was born on 4 June 1907 in Catford, London, the younger daughter and second of three children of Alfred William May, postal worker at Mount Pleasant, London...

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George, Lady Megan Arfon Lloyd (1902–1966), politician, was born in Cricieth, Caernarvonshire, on 22 April 1902, the third daughter and youngest of the five children of David Lloyd George (1863–1945) and his wife, Margaret Owen (1866–1941). Her early years were overshadowed by her father, who entered the Liberal government in 1905 and finally became prime minister in December 1916. ...

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Hart [née Ridehalgh], Judith, Baroness Hart of South Lanark (1924–1991), politician, was born at 51 Ennismore Street, Burnley, Lancashire, on 18 September 1924, the daughter of Harry Ridehalgh, linotype operator, and later secretary of a mechanics' institute, and his wife, Lily, née...

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Hearn, Mary Anne [pseud. Marianne Farningham] (1834–1909), religious writer, was born on 17 December 1834 at Farningham, Kent, the eldest child of Joseph Hearn, a small tradesman and village postmaster, and his wife, Rebecca Bowers, the daughter of a paper maker and preacher. Her devout parents, who attended a local (Particular) Baptist church at ...

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Lonsdale [née Yardley], Dame Kathleen (1903–1971), crystallographer and pacifist, was born Kathleen Yardley in Newbridge, Ireland, on 28 January 1903, the youngest child of Harry Frederick Yardley (d. 1923), the local postmaster, and his wife, Jessie Cameron. In 1908 Kathleen's mother, who had been brought up in ...

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Marson, Una Maud Victoria (1905–1965), writer and feminist, was born on 6 February 1905 at Sharon Mission House, Sharon village, near Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, Jamaica, the youngest of the six children of Solomon Isaac Marson (1858–1915), Baptist minister, and his wife, Ada Marson (...

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Naden, Constance Caroline Woodhill (1858–1889), poet and philosopher, born on 24 January 1858 at 15 Francis Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, was the only child of Thomas Naden, afterwards president of the Birmingham Architectural Association, and his wife, Caroline Anne, daughter of J. C. Woodhill...

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Phipson, (Mary) Edith Pechey- (1845–1908), physician and women's rights activist, was born Mary Edith Pechey on 7 October 1845 in the village of Langham, near Colchester, Essex, the sixth child and third daughter of the Revd William Pechey (d. 1888), Baptist minister at ...

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Roberts, Rachel (1927–1980), actress, was born on 20 September 1927, at Llanelli, the second daughter of the Baptist minister Richard Rhys Roberts (1894–1965) and his wife, Rachel Ann Jones (1894–1973). Rachel Roberts records that despite her childhood in a caring family she had little consciousness of being loved and she developed early a sense of inferiority, as the unwanted child of middle-aged parents, with a sister ten years older, more accomplished, and better looking. From 1932 ...

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Yang [née Tayler], Gladys Margaret (1919–1999), translator, was born on 19 January 1919 at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing, China, the second daughter and third of the five children of John Bernard Tayler (1878–1951), professor of economics at Yenching (Yanjing)...