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Lady Evelyn Barbara Balfour (1898–1990) by Elliott & Fry, 1943 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Balfour, Lady Evelyn Barbara [Eve] (1898–1990), promoter of organic farming and a founder of the Soil Association, was born on 16 July 1898 in Dublin, the fourth child of Gerald William Balfour, second earl of Balfour (1853–1945), and Lady Elizabeth Edith Balfour (1867–1942)...

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Cochrane, Marion (d. 1559), tenant farmer, is first recorded in 1550 as the widow of John Stoddart of Lessudden (now St Boswell's), Roxburghshire. Having lost her husband when her children were young, she left on record her arrangements for the management of her family's affairs. It is the richness of the documentation, not the management, which is unusual. Although remarriage was common, many households in sixteenth-century ...

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Coker, Frances [Fanny] (1767–1820), freed slave and domestic servant, was born on 26 August 1767 on Mountravers plantation, Nevis, in the West Indies, the first of five children of Black Polly (b. c.1752, d. in or after 1823). Her mother was probably enslaved in ...

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Courtauld, Katherine Mina (1856–1935), farmer and agriculturist, was born at High Garrett, Bocking, Essex, on 13 July 1856, the eldest daughter of George Courtauld (1830–1920), crape manufacturer, and his wife, Mina, née Bromley (1832–1859). She had one brother, George...

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Cresswell [née Hogge], Louisa Mary [Louise] (1830–1916), farmer and autobiographer, was born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, on 31 May 1830, the daughter of William Hogge (or Hogg) (1785/6–1862) and his wife, Eliza (or Elisabeth), née Wells (1786/7–1850). She was the tenth of eleven children, born into a prosperous and ambitious family. Her father was a successful businessman with interests in banking, brewing, and malting, and shops and premises in ...

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Donaldson [née Lonsdale], Frances Annesley, Lady Donaldson of Kingsbridge (1907–1994), farmer and writer, was born on 13 January 1907 at Harrow, the second of three daughters of (Lionel) Frederick Lonsdale (1881–1954), playwright, and his wife, Leslie Brooke Hoggan.

Frances was sent to a number of schools where she received no education to speak of and her itinerant adolescence was largely spent in the company of her spendthrift father, whose favourite daughter she was and whom she regarded as mad. They moved house roughly every six months, and it was while they were living at ...

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Fleet [née Currall; former married name Griffiths], Eliza [known as Eliza James] (1855–1927), watercress grower and entrepreneur, was born at 3 Court Howard Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire, on 30 September 1855, the fifth child and third daughter of six children of ...

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Hide, Mary Edith [Molly] (1913–1995), cricketer and farmer, was born in Shanghai, China, on 24 October 1913, the elder of two children of Arthur Hide and his wife, Edith, née Jansen. Her father ran a business in China and she was four years old when the family returned to ...

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Kitchen, Jane (d. 1658), farmer and parish constable, lived in Upton by Southwell in Nottinghamshire. Nothing is known of her early life. In 1619 she married John Kitchen (d. 1643), yeoman and churchwarden, son of John Kitchen of Upton, outside the parish of ...

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Dinah Eiluned Lyon Williams (1911–2009) by Arvid Parry-Jones, 2002 © by kind permission of Arvid Parry-Jones

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Williams [née Jones], Dinah Eiluned Lyon (1911–2009), organic farmer, was born on 23 July 1911 in Crugiau, near Aberystwyth, the second of three children of Abel Edwin Jones (1875–1924), senior lecturer, and later professor of agriculture, at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth...