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Katharine Jex- Blake (1860–1951) by unknown photographer The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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Blake, Katharine Jex- (1860–1951), classical scholar and college head, was born at Rugby School, Rugby, Warwickshire on 18 November 1860, one of nine daughters and two sons of Thomas William Jex-Blake (1832–1915), later headmaster of Rugby School and dean of Wells, and his wife, ...

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Agnata Frances Butler (1867–1931) by Eveleen Myers © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Butler [née Ramsay], Agnata Frances (1867–1931), classical scholar, was born on 28 January 1867 at 13 Upper Seymour Street, Marylebone, London, the third and youngest daughter of Sir James Henry Ramsay, tenth baronet (1832–1925), of Bamff, historian, and his first wife, Elizabeth Mary Charlotte (...

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Dawes, Elizabeth Anna Sophia (1864–1954), classical scholar and teacher, was born on 7 November 1864 at Surbiton, Surrey, the daughter of the Revd John Samuel Dawes, of Newton House, Surbiton, and his wife, Anna Sophia Elizabeth Blasius. Her father, who held a DD degree from ...

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Francis [née Gittins], Ann (bap. 1738, d. 1800), classical scholar and poet, was baptized on 7 April 1738 in South Stoke, near Arundel, Sussex, the daughter of Jane Sapp (bap. 1718, d. 1779) and the Revd Daniel Gittins, rector of South Stoke...

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Grierson [née Crawley], Constantia (1704/5–1732), classical scholar and editor, was born in co. Kilkenny of 'poor illiterate country people' (Pilkington, 1.17) and was tutored in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English, and French by her local vicar. She was also knowledgeable in mathematics, and her mother insisted that she became efficient in needlework. According to ...

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Harrison, Jane Ellen (1850–1928), classical scholar, was born on 9 September 1850 at Cottingham, near Hull, Yorkshire, the third daughter of Charles Harrison, a timber merchant, and his first wife, Elizabeth Hawksley Nelson, who died soon afterwards. Her father was an affectionate but a reserved and absent-minded parent, who entrusted her early education to a series of governesses. One of these, a fervent Welsh revivalist, became her stepmother, and her insistence that the children must be born again and that 'God must have their whole hearts or nothing' had much to do with ...

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Jane Ellen Harrison (1850–1928) by Augustus John, 1909 Newnham College, Cambridge; photographer James Austin

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Joan Mervyn Hussey (1907–2006) by unknown photographer © Porphyrogenitus Ltd

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Hussey, Joan Mervyn (1907–2006), Byzantine scholar, was born on 5 June 1907 at 35 Avenue Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, the daughter of William Hussey, master plumber and house decorator, and his wife, Grace Mildred, née Sawyer. She was taught privately at home and at ...

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Marion Grace Kennedy (1836–1914) by Sir James Jebusa Shannon, 1892 The Principal and Fellows, Newnham College, Cambridge

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Kennedy, Marion Grace (1836–1914), classical scholar, was born at Shrewsbury on 23 November 1836, the second daughter of Benjamin Hall Kennedy (1804–1889) and his wife, Janet (d. 1874), daughter of Thomas Caird. There were four daughters: Charlotte Amy May [see below...

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Lorimer, (Elizabeth) Hilda Lockhart (1873–1954), classical scholar, was born at 38 India Street, Edinburgh, on 30 May 1873, the eldest daughter of the Revd Robert Lorimer (1840–1925), minister of the Free Church of Scotland at Mains and Strathmartine, Forfarshire, and his wife, Isabella Lockhart Cornish Robertson (1849–1931)...

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Tarrant, Dorothy (1885–1973), classical scholar, was born on 7 May 1885 at 6 Craven Terrace, Wandsworth, London, the only daughter (there were two sons) of the Revd William George Tarrant (1853–1928), Unitarian minister and journalist, and his wife, Alice, daughter of Henry Stanley...

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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).

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See Waterhouse, Sir Ellis Kirkham

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Westaway, Katharine Mary (1893–1973), classical scholar and headmistress, was born on 8 February 1893 at School House, 128 Chapel Street, Dalton in Furness, Lancashire, the only child of Frederick William Westaway, headmaster and HM inspector of schools, and his wife, Mary Jane, née...