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Amrit Kaur [Rajkumari Amrit Kaur] (1889–1964), politician and advocate of women's rights, was born on 2 February 1889 at Kapurthala Palace, Lucknow. She was the only daughter among the six children of Sir Harnam Singh (1851–1930), youngest son of Sir Raja Randher Singh Bahadur...

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Auld [née Jardine; other married name Marshall], Mary (1893–1984), local politician and women's organizer, was born on 8 July 1893 in Main Street, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, the fourth child of seven born to Francis Jardine, clog maker, and his wife, Agnes Wallace. She attended ...

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Balfour [née Campbell], Lady Frances (1858–1931), suffragist leader and churchwoman, was born at Argyll Lodge, Kensington, London, on 22 February 1858, the fifth daughter and tenth of twelve children of George Douglas Campbell, eighth duke of Argyll (1823–1900), and his first wife, ...

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Lady Frances Balfour (1858–1931) by Bassano, 1919 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ballinger [née Hodgson], (Violet) Margaret Livingstone (1894–1980), university teacher and politician in South Africa, was born at 4 Waverley Terrace, Glasgow, on 11 January 1894, the third of four children born to John Hodgson (1860–1927), a commercial traveller, and his wife, Lillias Robertson, ...

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Beavan, Margaret (1875–1931), welfare worker and local politician, was born at 28 Bowring Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, Lancashire, on 1 August 1875, the eldest daughter of Jeffrey Beavan, bookkeeper and later fire insurance manager, and his wife, Ellen Catherine Williams. The Beavan children enjoyed a close family childhood in comfortable circumstances. Most of their time was spent at the family home in ...

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Blackwood, Hariot Georgina Hamilton-Temple-, marchioness of Dufferin and Ava (1843–1936), vicereine of India, was born on 5 February 1843, the eldest child of four sons and three daughters of Archibald Rowan-Hamilton (1818–1860) of Killyleagh Castle, co. Down, in Ireland, and his wife, Catherine Anne (1820–1919)...

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Hariot Georgina Hamilton-Temple- Blackwood, marchioness of Dufferin and Ava (1843–1936) by Barraud, pubd 1890 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bruce, Victoria Alexandrina Katherine (1898–1951), prison governor, was born on 13 September 1898 at Kennet House, Clackmannan, the youngest by fifteen years in the family of two sons and three daughters of Alexander Hugh Bruce, sixth Lord Balfour of Burleigh (1849–1921), secretary for ...

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Burnet [née Kennedy], Lady Margaret (d. 1685), religious and political adviser, was the eldest daughter of John Kennedy, sixth earl of Cassillis (1601x7–1668), and his first wife, Lady Jean Hamilton (1607–1642). Known as 'the grave and solemn Earl', John Kennedy was, according to his son-in-law ...

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Carrie, Isabella Scrimgeour (1878–1981), suffragette and schoolteacher, was born on 3 May 1878 at 26 Wardmill Road in the parish of St Vigeans, Arbroath, the daughter of Richard Carrie (c.1836–1912), bleachfield worker, and his wife, Ann Robertson Harris (c.1842–1903)...

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Crawfurd [née Jack; other married name Anderson], Helen (1877–1954), suffragette and communist, was born at 175 Cumberland Street, Glasgow, on 9 November 1877, the fourth of seven children of William Jack, a prosperous master baker, and his wife, Helen Kyle. Her parents had been married in ...

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Dugdale [née Balfour], Blanche Elizabeth Campbell (1880–1948), author and Zionist, was born on 23 May 1880 at 32 Addison Road, Holland Park, London. Generally known as Baffy, she was the eldest of the five children of Eustace James Anthony Balfour (1854–1911), an architect and the youngest brother of the prime minister ...

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Blanche Elizabeth Campbell Dugdale (1880–1948) by unknown photographer private collection / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elliot [née Tennant], Katharine, Baroness Elliot of Harwood (1903–1994), public servant and politician, was born on 15 January 1903 at 40 Grosvenor Square, London, the third of four, and second of three surviving, daughters of Sir Charles Tennant, first baronet (1823–1906), of ...

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Fletcher, Christian, Lady Abercrombie (1619/20–1691), royalist heroine, was born in Kinneff, Kincardineshire. About 1642 she married James Granger or Grainger (1603/4–1663), presbyterian minister of Kinneff church since 1640. He had graduated MA from the University of St Andrews and had been a preacher in ...

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George, Lady Megan Arfon Lloyd (1902–1966), politician, was born in Cricieth, Caernarvonshire, on 22 April 1902, the third daughter and youngest of the five children of David Lloyd George (1863–1945) and his wife, Margaret Owen (1866–1941). Her early years were overshadowed by her father, who entered the Liberal government in 1905 and finally became prime minister in December 1916. ...

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Lady Megan Arfon Lloyd George (1902–1966) by Bassano, 1923 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Katharine Gordon, duchess of Gordon (1718–1779) by unknown artist unknown collection / Christie's; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gordon, Katharine, duchess of Gordon (1718–1779), politician, was born on 20 October 1718, the daughter of William Gordon, second earl of Aberdeen (1679–1745), and his second wife, Lady Anna Susan Murray (1699–1725), the daughter of John Murray, first duke of Atholl. When Katharine...