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Andrews [née Smith], Elizabeth (1882–1960), political organizer and campaigner for women's rights, was born on 15 December 1882 at 13 John Street, Penderyn, Brecknockshire, the third of the eleven children of Samuel Smith, coalminer and general dealer, and his wife, Charlotte, née...

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Elizabeth Anson, Lady Anson (1725–1760) studio of Thomas Hudson National Trust Photographic Library / John Hammond

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Anson [née Yorke], Elizabeth, Lady Anson (1725–1760), political correspondent and political manager, was born in August 1725, the sixth child and eldest daughter of Philip Yorke, subsequently first Baron and first earl of Hardwicke (1690–1764), lord chancellor, and his wife, Margaret Lygon (...

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Balfour, Honor Catherine Mary (1912–2001), politician and journalist, was born on 4 August 1912 at 70 Pemberton Road, West Derby, Liverpool, the daughter of Robert Balfour, a foreign agent's managing clerk, and his wife, Sara Ellen, née Jenkins. Her father came from a family of Scottish seafarers and was unrelated to the political family bearing the same name. He served in the army during the First World War and was killed in ...

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Dame Sara Elizabeth Barker (1904–1973) by Brian Worth by permission of the People's History Museum

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Barker, Dame Sara Elizabeth (1904–1973), political agent, was born on 15 February 1904 in Siddall, near Halifax, Yorkshire, the daughter of George Barker, grocer, and his wife, Ethel Brier.

Sara Barker was educated at Siddall elementary school before going on at the age of eleven to ...

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Burnet [née Kennedy], Lady Margaret (d. 1685), religious and political adviser, was the eldest daughter of John Kennedy, sixth earl of Cassillis (1601x7–1668), and his first wife, Lady Jean Hamilton (1607–1642). Known as 'the grave and solemn Earl', John Kennedy...

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Chamberlain, Beatrice Mary (1862–1918), educationist and political organizer, was born at 24 Harborne Road, Edgbaston, on the fringes of Birmingham, on 25 May 1862, the eldest daughter of the imperial statesman Joseph Chamberlain (1836–1914) and his first wife, Harriet, née Kenrick (1835–1863). Her mother died a year later giving birth to ...

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Dering [née Gibbes], Unton, Lady Dering (d. 1676), letter writer and political agent, was the eldest of the five daughters and one of the twelve children of Sir Ralph Gibbes, first baronet (d. 1613), of Honington Manor, Honington, Warwickshire, and Gertrude (...

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Mary Drew (1847–1927) by Hayman Selig Mendelssohn, c. 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Drew [née Gladstone], Mary (1847–1927), private secretary and author, was born at 13 Carlton House Terrace, London, on 23 November 1847, the third of the four daughters and fifth in the family of eight children of William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898), prime minister, and his wife, ...

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Frances Louise Lloyd George, Countess Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (1888–1972) by Olive Edis, 1917 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George, Frances Louise Lloyd [née Frances Louise Stevenson], Countess Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (1888–1972), political secretary, was born at 62 Doddington Grove, Kennington Park, Surrey, on 7 October 1888. She was the eldest in the family of three daughters and one son of ...

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See Grimond, Joseph [Jo], Baron Grimond

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Ingram [née Shepheard, Gibson], Frances, Viscountess Irwin (1734?–1807), landowner and political manager, may have been born on 8 August 1734, the illegitimate daughter and heir of the wealthy speculator Samuel Shepheard (c. 1676–1748) [see under Shepheard, Samuel (c. 1648-1719)]. Her mother's name was probably ...

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Keck [née Hamilton], Lady Susanna [Susan] (bap. 1706, d. 1755), political manager, was baptized on 26 September 1706 at Canongate, Edinburgh, the seventh and youngest child of James Hamilton, fourth duke of Hamilton and first duke of Brandon (1658–1712), and his second wife, ...

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Lowther [née Thynne], Katherine, Viscountess Lonsdale (1653–1713), electoral patron, was born on 21 September 1653 at Caus Castle, Shropshire, the daughter of Sir Henry Frederick Thynne, first baronet (1614–1680), landowner, of Kempsford, Gloucestershire, and his wife, the Hon. Mary (b. 1618)...

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Maxse, Dame (Sarah Algeria) Marjorie (1891–1975), political organizer, was born on 26 October 1891 at Villa du Palmier, Birmandreis, Algiers, one of the two children, and the only daughter, of Ernest George Berkeley Maxse (1863–1943), British vice-consul at Algiers, and his wife, Sarah Alice, ...

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Mary Augusta Ward [Mrs Humphry Ward] (1851–1920) by Barraud, pubd 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ward [née Arnold], Mary Augusta [known as Mrs Humphry Ward] (1851–1920), novelist, philanthropist, and political lobbyist, born on 11 June 1851 in Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land, was the eldest child of Thomas Arnold (1823–1900), inspector of schools in Hobart Town...