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Baron, Dame Florence Jacqueline (1952–2013), barrister and judge, was born on 7 October 1952 in the Kingsbury Maternity Hospital, Honeypot Lane, Kingsbury, London, the daughter of Owsiej (Jose) Baron, electrical engineer, and his wife, Ellen Elizabeth Jane, née McLennan. At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Bracewell, Dame Joyanne Winifred (1934–2007), judge, was born on 5 July 1934 at 5 Orville Drive, Burnage, Manchester, daughter of John William Bracewell, cotton manufacturer, and his wife, Lilian, née Gibson. By the time of her birth the family was comfortably off, her father having worked his way up from humble origins to become director of a cotton manufacturing company. She was educated privately and became a talented child actor, appearing in a number of ...

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Sybil Campbell (1889–1977) by unknown photographer, c. 1940 The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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Campbell, Sybil (1889–1977), barrister and first woman stipendiary magistrate, was born on 9 October 1889 in Ceylon, the eldest of the three daughters and a son of Neill Graeme Campbell (1859–1940) of Auchendarroch, tea company agent, and his wife, Maude Georgiana (d...

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Cockburn, Sarah Caudwell [pseud. Sarah Caudwell] (1939–2000), barrister and novelist, was born on 27 May 1939 at the Wandsworth maternity home, Weir Road, London, the daughter of (Francis) Claud Cockburn (1904–1981), journalist, and Jean Iris Ross (1911–1973), the daughter of Charles Ross...

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Curnow, (Elizabeth) Ann Marguerite (1935–2011), barrister and judge, was born on 5 June 1935 in Sapcote Road, Burbage, Hinckley, Leicestershire, the only child of Cecil Curnow (1907–1944), aircraftman, and his wife, Doris Babette, née Behr (1905–1964). Her father was shot down over Java...

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Eadie [née Hearn], Ellice Aylmer (1912–2001), barrister and civil servant, was born on 30 June 1912 at Edmonton, St Patrick's Hill, Cork, the daughter of Robert Thomas Hearn (d. 1952), Church of Ireland clergyman, later bishop of Cork, and his wife, ...

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Elles [née Newcombe], Diana Louie Maud, Baroness Elles (1921–2009), barrister, voluntary worker, and politician, was born on 19 July 1921 at 34 Kimbolton Road, Bedford, the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart Francis Newcombe (1878–1956) and his wife, Elsie (Elisabeth), née Chaki (1897–1973). Her father was an army officer and surveyor who became a close associate of ...

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Goddard, Ann Felicity (1936–2011), barrister and judge, was born at the lying-in hospital in York Road, Lambeth, London, on 22 January 1936, the only child of Graham Elliott Goddard (1908–1973), police officer, and his wife, Margaret Louise Hambrook, née Clark (1907–1995). At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Dame Rose Heilbron (1914–2005) by Elliott & Fry, 1949 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Heilbron, Dame Rose (1914–2005), barrister and judge, was born on 19 August 1914 at 27 St James Road, Abercromby, Liverpool, the younger daughter of Max Heilbron and his wife, Nellie, née Summers. She was originally named Rosie, but this was later changed to ...

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(Jessie) Chrystal Macmillan (1872–1937) by unknown photographer, c. 1912 Mary Evans / The Women's Library

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Macmillan, (Jessie) Chrystal (1872–1937), barrister and political activist, was born on 13 June 1872 at 8 Duke Street, Edinburgh, the only daughter in the family of nine children of John Macmillan, a wealthy tea merchant and past master of the Edinburgh Merchant Company...

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Dame Barbara Jean Lyon Mills (1940–2011) by Nicholas Turpin, 1992 © Nicholas Turpin / The Independent / Rex Features

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Mills [née Warnock], Dame Barbara Jean Lyon (1940–2011), barrister and public servant, was born on 10 August 1940 at Wroxton, Lower Road, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, the elder daughter of John Lyon Warnock, chartered accountant, and his wife, Nora Kitty, née Sheather (1911–1997). At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Murnaghan, Sheelagh Mary (1924–1993), politician and barrister, was born in Dublin city on 26 May 1924, the eldest of six children. Her family background was Catholic and strongly nationalist; her grandfather George Murnaghan had been a nationalist MP until 1910. Murnaghan was educated by the Catholic ...

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Helena Florence Normanton (1882–1957) by Elliott & Fry, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Normanton, Helena Florence (1882–1957), barrister and feminist campaigner, was born on 14 December 1882 in London, the eldest of two daughters of William Alexander Normanton (1853–1886), pianoforte manufacturer, and his wife, Jane Amelia (1850–1900), daughter of Thomas Williams Marshall and his wife, Harriet...

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Puxon [née Hale], (Christine) Margaret (1915–2008), gynaecologist, obstetrician, and barrister, was born at 15 High Street, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, on 25 July 1915, the daughter of Reginald Wood Hale (1884–1971), iron merchant, and his wife, Clara Lilian, née Poulton (1887–1948). She was brought up in ...

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Cornelia Sorabji (1866–1954) by Lafayette, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London