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Benson, Margaret (1865–1916), Egyptologist and religious philosopher, was born on 16 June 1865 at Wellington College, Berkshire, the fourth of the six children of Edward White Benson (1829–1896), archbishop of Canterbury (1882–96), and his wife, Mary (1841–1918), daughter of the Revd William Sidgwick...

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Edwards, Amelia Ann Blanford (1831–1892), author and Egyptologist, was born in Colebrook Row, Islington, London, on 7 June 1831, the only child of Thomas Edwards (1786–1860), a half-pay army officer who later worked for the Provincial Bank of Ireland in London, and Alicia Walpole (...

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Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (1831–1892) by Herbert Watkins, late 1850s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Moss, Rosalind Louisa Beaufort (1890–1990), Egyptologist and bibliographer, was born on 21 September 1890 at Shrewsbury School, Shropshire, second of the six children of the Revd Henry Whitehead Moss (1841–1917), headmaster of the school, and his wife, Mary, elder daughter of the Revd W. A. Beaufort...

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Murray, Margaret Alice (1863–1963), Egyptologist and folklorist, was born in Calcutta on 13 July 1863, the younger daughter of James Charles Murray (d. 1891) and his wife, Margaret Carr (d. 1913?). James Murray, whose family had been in India for several generations, was managing partner of a firm of ...

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Margaret Alice Murray (1863–1963) by Lafayette, 1928 © National Portrait Gallery, London