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Louisa Caroline Baring, Lady Ashburton (1827–1903) by Carlo, Baron Marochetti, 1861 property of the Marquess of Northampton; Beedle & Cooper

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Baring [née Stewart-Mackenzie], Louisa Caroline, Lady Ashburton (1827–1903), art collector and philanthropist, was born at Seaforth Lodge, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, on 5 March 1827, the third daughter and sixth child of James Alexander Stewart-Mackenzie (d. 1843)...

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Blyth, Phoebe (1816–1898), educationist and philanthropist, was born at Gray Street, Newington, in Edinburgh, on 5 April 1816, the daughter of Robert Brittain Blyth, a metal merchant, and his wife, Barbara Cooper. Phoebe had a brother, the Revd Robert Blyth, who was an ardent supporter of Scottish sabbath schools. The family were active members of the ...

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Lady Victoria Campbell (1854–1910) by William Crooke, 1895 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell, Lady Victoria (1854–1910), philanthropist, was born on 22 May 1854 at Carlton House, London, the third daughter and eighth of twelve children born to George Douglas Campbell, eighth duke of Argyll (1823–1900), and his first wife, Lady Elizabeth Georgiana Sutherland-Leveson-Gower (1824–1878). At the request of the monarch, ...

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Willielma Campbell, Viscountess Glenorchy (1741–1786) by Robert Scott, pubd 1804 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell [née Maxwell], Willielma, Viscountess Glenorchy (1741–1786), evangelical activist and benefactor, was the younger daughter of prosperous parents, William Maxwell (d. 1741), medical practitioner of Kirkcudbright, and his wife, Elizabeth Hairstanes (d. c.1806) of Craig. Willielma was born on 2 September 1741 after her father's death. The only other child of the marriage was her sister, ...

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Carnegie [née Scott], Susan (1743–1821), writer and benefactor, was born on 7 August 1743 in Edinburgh, the daughter of David Scott of Benholm (1700–1768), director and treasurer of the Bank of Scotland, and Mary Brown (1712–1794). She was tutored at home and gained a wide and deep knowledge of French and Italian literature and of philosophy, a proficiency in drawing (which she was taught by a relative ...

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Charteris [née Anderson], Catherine Morice [Katie] (1837–1918), philanthropist, was born at Aberdeen, the elder of two daughters of Sir Alexander Anderson, advocate and lord provost of Aberdeen, and his wife, née Rachel Johnston. Her father was one of the most distinguished and enterprising Aberdonians of the nineteenth century. His wife's health was poor, and so ...

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Clugston, Beatrice (1827–1888), philanthropist, was born in Barony parish, Glasgow, on 19 September 1827, the eldest of five children of John Clugston and his wife, Mary Mackenzie. John Clugston was apparently by profession an accountant but he was also the owner of the firm ...

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Crichton [née Grierson], Elizabeth (1779–1862), founder of the Crichton Royal Hospital, Dumfries, was born in 1779 at Rockhall, Dumfriesshire, the fourth daughter of Sir Robert Grierson, fifth baronet (1733–1839), of Lag and Rockhall, and Margaret Dalzell. She married, on 14 November 1810, ...

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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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Eyre, Margaret Radclyffe-Livingstone- [née Lady Margaret Kennedy], styled countess of Newburgh (1800–1889), philanthropist, was born on 6 June 1800, the third daughter of the six children of Archibald Kennedy, twelfth earl of Cassillis, later first marquess of Ailsa (1770–1846), and his wife, ...

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Guild, Jean (bap. 1573, d. 1667), philanthropist, was baptized Janet in Aberdeen on 27 December 1573, one of three surviving daughters of Matthew Guild, a wealthy and influential armourer in Old Aberdeen, and his wife, Marjorie Donaldson; her brother was William Guild (1586–1657)...

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Hope, Lady Henrietta (c. 1750–1786), benefactor, was born in Scotland, the second daughter of John, second earl of Hopetoun (1704–1781), and his first wife, Lady Anne Ogilvy (d. 1759), the second daughter of James, earl of Findlater and Seafield. Her family consisted of eighteen brothers and sisters: nine full siblings and nine half-siblings. Recently converted, possibly through ...

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Laurie C. C. Stanley-Blackwell and Jean M. MacLennan

Mackay, Isabella Gordon [Bella] (1777/8–1850), philanthropist and religious activist, was probably born at her parents' home near Brora in Sutherland, the youngest daughter of John Gordon of Carrol and Isabella McLeod of Geanies. Although her father's estate was small, Bella, as she was known, enjoyed '...

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Maxwell [née Brisbane], Darcy, Lady Maxwell of Pollok (1742/3–1810), follower of Methodism and philanthropist, was born at Brisbane in Largs, Ayrshire, the youngest daughter of Thomas Brisbane. She was educated at home and in Edinburgh. On 19 February 1760, aged seventeen, she married ...