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Mary Ann Baxter (1801–1884) by Edward Hughes, 1883 University of Dundee Archive Services

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Baxter, Mary Ann (1801–1884), benefactor, was born on 4 May 1801 at Dundee, the seventh child of eight surviving children of William Baxter (1767–1854), linen merchant and manufacturer, and his wife, Betty or Elisabeth Gorell (d. 1804), daughter of Edward Gorell of ...

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Bevan [née Vaughan], Bridget [known as Madam Bevan] (bap. 1698, d. 1779), educational benefactor, baptized on 30 October 1698 at Merthyr church in Llannewydd, Carmarthenshire, was the youngest daughter of John Vaughan (1663–1722) and his wife, Elizabeth Thomas (d. 1721)...

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See Box, Henry

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Brown, Ann Dudin (1822–1917), benefactor, was born on 2 January 1822, the only child of John Dudin Brown (1795–1855), Thames wharfinger, and his wife, Ann, née Round (1798–1855). She spent her childhood and early adult years in the affluent surroundings of her parents' house in ...

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Brown, Sarah Benedict (1817/18–1902), benefactor, was the eldest child of James Brown (1791–1877) of Philadelphia, merchant, and his first wife, Louisa Kirkland Benedict. Her paternal grandfather, Alexander Brown (1764–1834), linen merchant of co. Antrim, had emigrated to the USA with his family in 1800 and settled in ...

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See Cooke, John

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Crewdson, Gertrude Gwendolen Bevan (1872–1913), college administrator and benefactor, was born on 28 March 1872, in Manchester, the second daughter among the four children of William Crewdson, a manufacturer and a member of the Society of Friends, and his wife, Ellen Waterhouse, sister of ...

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Elder [née Ure], Isabella (1828–1905), benefactor, was born on 15 March 1828 in Hutchesontown, Gorbals, Glasgow, the fourth and last child, and only surviving daughter, of Alexander Ure (1788–1830), writer (or solicitor), and his wife, Mary, daughter of Hector and Margaret Ross...

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Dorothy Payne Elmhirst (1887–1968) by unknown photographer, 1930s The Dartington Hall Trust Archive

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Elmhirst [née Whitney], Dorothy Payne (1887–1968), patron of education and the arts, was born at 1731 I Street, in Washington, DC, United States of America, on 23 January 1887, the fifth and youngest child of William Collins Whitney (1841–1904), statesman and company promoter, and his first wife, ...

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See Ewart, William

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Frankland [née Trappes; other married name Saxey], Joyce (1531–1587), educational benefactor, was the daughter of Robert Trappes, a London goldsmith who came from an Essex family, and his wife, Joan. Robert Trappes may have bought property in Surrey, for at Banstead in that county on 15 August 1549 ...

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Godolphin, Elizabeth (bap. 1663, d. 1726), benefactor, was baptized on 5 November 1663 at Coulston church, Wiltshire, the third of the five children of Francis Godolphin (1629–1670) of Spargor and Coulston, and his wife, Elizabeth (1633–1667), one of the four surviving daughters of ...

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Caroline Lane Jebb, Lady Jebb (1840–1930) by Eveleen Myers, 1890s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jebb [née Reynolds; other married name Slemmer], Caroline Lane, Lady Jebb (1840–1930), academic hostess, was born in Milford, Delaware, USA, on 26 December 1840, the youngest of the three daughters and one son who survived to adulthood of John Reynolds, a clergyman in the ...

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Agnes Mellers (d. 151314) by unknown artist, c. 1512 by kind permission of Nottingham High School, 500th Anniversary 2013

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Mellers, Agnes (d. 1513/14), benefactor, is of unknown origins. She is first recorded in a property deed of 1488, by when she had been married for several years to the Nottingham bell-founder Richard Mellers (d. 1507), whose origins are likewise unknown. As his surname does not feature in earlier surviving borough records it seems likely he was an outsider who attained burgess status in ...

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See Mico, Sir Samuel

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Mordan, Clara Evelyn (1844–1915), suffragist and benefactor, was born on 28 September 1844 at 2 Barkham Terrace, St George's Road, Southwark, London, the elder of the two daughters of Augustus Mordan (d. 1901), manufacturer of mechanical pencils, and his wife, Elizabeth Jane...