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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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(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 ...