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Margaret Ashton (1856–1937) by Henry Lamb Manchester City Art Galleries / Estate of Henry Lamb

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Ashton, Margaret (1856–1937), local politician and philanthropist, was born on 19 January 1856 at Ashfield, Wilmslow Road, in Withington, Manchester, the third of the six daughters and three sons of Thomas Ashton (1818–1898), a wealthy cotton manufacturer, and his wife, Elizabeth (1831–1914), daughter of ...

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Beavan, Margaret (1875–1931), welfare worker and local politician, was born at 28 Bowring Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, Lancashire, on 1 August 1875, the eldest daughter of Jeffrey Beavan, bookkeeper and later fire insurance manager, and his wife, Ellen Catherine Williams. The Beavan children enjoyed a close family childhood in comfortable circumstances. Most of their time was spent at the family home in ...

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Clare, Elizabeth de [Elizabeth de Burgh; known as lady of Clare] (1294/5–1360), magnate and founder of Clare College, Cambridge, was usually known as Elizabeth de Burgh, and was described by herself and others as lady of Clare. She was the youngest daughter of ...

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Cuffe [née Bischoffsheim], Ellen Odette, countess of Desart (1857–1933), philanthropist and politician, was born at 18 Cornwall Terrace, Marylebone, London, on 1 September 1857, the eldest of two daughters of Henry Louis Bischoffsheim (1829–1908), banker and philanthropist, and his wife, Clara (or Clarissa) Biedermann (1837–1922)...

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Hyde, Pearl Marguerite (1904–1963), leader of women's voluntary work and politician, was born in north London, the only girl among five children of Harman Bigby and his wife, Ellen Amelia, née Abbey. Her mother died when she was four and her father was killed in a car accident five years later, in 1913. At the time of his death he was licensee of ...

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Jekyll [née Graham], Dame Agnes (1861–1937), philanthropist and political hostess, was born on 12 October 1861 in Largs, Ayrshire, the sixth daughter of William Graham (1817–1885), Liberal MP and art collector, and his wife, Jane Catherine (1819/20–1899), daughter of John Loundes of ...

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Lees [née Buckley], Dame Sarah Anne (1842–1935), local politician, philanthropist, and suffragist, was born in Carrhill, Mossley, Yorkshire, on 13 November 1842, the fourth daughter and youngest of six children of Sarah Anne, née Seel (1804–1876), and her husband, ...

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Mary de St Pol, countess of Pembroke (c. 1304–1377) workshop of Jean Pucelle, c. 1320 [kneeling, left, before St Cecilia] by permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library

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St Pol, Mary de, countess of Pembroke (c. 1304–1377), magnate and founder of Pembroke College, Cambridge, was the fourth daughter of Guy de Châtillon, count of St Pol (d. 1317), and of Mary of Brittany, granddaughter of Henry III. She had five sisters and two brothers, but nothing is known of her childhood. Both ...

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Trevelyan [née Bell], Mary Katharine [Molly], Lady Trevelyan (1881–1966), political hostess and voluntary worker, was born on 12 October 1881, the youngest of three children of Sir (Thomas) Hugh Bell, second baronet and iron master (1844–1931), and his second wife, Florence Eveleen Eleanore Olliffe...

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Villiers, Margaret Elizabeth Child- [née Margaret Elizabeth Leigh], countess of Jersey (1849–1945), political hostess and philanthropist, was born on 29 October 1849 at Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire, the eldest daughter of William Henry Leigh, second Baron Leigh (1824–1905) and his wife, Lady Caroline Amelia Grosvenor (...

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Margaret Elizabeth Child- Villiers, countess of Jersey (1849–1945) by Ellis Roberts private collection; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London