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Bevington [married name Guggenberger], Louisa Sarah (1845–1895), poet and anarchist, was born on 14 May 1845 in St John's Hill, Battersea, Surrey, to Louisa and Alexander Bevington. The eldest of eight children (seven of whom were girls), she was brought up a Quaker. An early enthusiasm for science was fostered by her father. Later, interested by evolutionism, she became a friend of ...

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Booth, Eva Selina Gore- (1870–1926), suffragist and poet, was born on 22 May 1870 at Lissadell, co. Sligo, Ireland, the second of three daughters and the third of the five children of Sir Henry William Gore-Booth, fifth baronet (1843–1900), Anglo-Irish landlord and Arctic...

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Nancy Clara Cunard (1896–1965) by Sir Cecil Beaton, late 1920s © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cunard, Nancy Clara (1896–1965), poet and political activist, was born at Nevill Holt in Leicestershire on 10 March 1896, the only child of Sir Bache Cunard, third baronet (1851–1925), grandson of the founder of the Cunard steamship line, and the American heiress Maud Alice (later known as Emerald) Burke (1872–1948)...

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Naidu [née Chattopadhyay], Sarojini (1879–1949), politician and poet, born on 13 February 1879 in Hyderabad, was the second child and eldest daughter of Aghornath Chattopadhyay (Chatterji; 1851–1915) and his wife, Baradasundari, otherwise Varada Devi. Her younger brother, Virendranath (Chatto) Chattopadhyaya...

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O'Leary, Ellen (1831–1889), poet and Irish nationalist, was born on 23 October 1831 at 16 West Main Street, Tipperary, the second child of John O'Leary (d. 1848), shopkeeper and landlord, and his second wife, Margaret, née Ryan. Her elder brother was John O'Leary (1830–1907)...

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Parnell, Fanny Isabel (1848–1882), Irish nationalist and poet, was born on 4 September 1848 at Avondale, co. Wicklow, the eighth child and fourth daughter of John Henry Parnell (1811–1859) and his wife, Delia Tudor Stewart (1816–1896), daughter of Commodore Charles Stewart of the ...

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Fanny Isabel Parnell (1848–1882) by unknown photographer, c. 1878 National Library of Ireland; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rossa, Mary Jane O'Donovan [née Mary Jane Irwin] (1845–1916), Irish nationalist and poet, was born in January 1845 in Clonakilty, co. Cork, the daughter of a successful businessman named Irwin. She was educated for three years at the Sacred Heart Convent in ...