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Balfour, Honor Catherine Mary (1912–2001), politician and journalist, was born on 4 August 1912 at 70 Pemberton Road, West Derby, Liverpool, the daughter of Robert Balfour, a foreign agent's managing clerk, and his wife, Sara Ellen, née Jenkins. Her father came from a family of Scottish seafarers and was unrelated to the political family bearing the same name. He served in the army during the First World War and was killed in ...

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Bennett, Louise [Louie] (1870–1956), suffragist, trade unionist, and pacifist, was born in Temple Road, Temple Hill, near Dublin, the eldest of five daughters and five sons of an auctioneer and antiques valuer called Bennett and his wife, Susan Boulger, daughter of an army...

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See Faulkner, (Arthur) Brian Deane, Baron Faulkner of Downpatrick

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Fisher [née Smiles; other married name Ford], Patricia, Lady Fisher (1921–1995), politician and charity worker, was born on 5 April 1921, the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Walter Dorling Smiles (1883–1953) of Portavo Point, Donaghadee, co. Down, politician, and his wife, Margaret, ...

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Gordon [née Mordaunt], Henrietta, duchess of Gordon (1681/2–1760), Jacobite sympathizer, was the daughter of Charles Mordaunt, third earl of Peterborough and first earl of Monmouth (1658?–1735), and his first wife, Carey (d. 1709), daughter of Sir Alexander Fraser of Durris, Kincardineshire...

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Hastings, Marian [née Anna Maria Apollonia Chapuset; other married name Marian von Imhoff, Baroness von Imhoff] (1747–1837), wife of Warren Hastings, was, on the evidence of the act granting her British nationality in 1796, born in Nuremberg. No date is stated, but a secondary source indicates 2 February 1747. Her grandfather was ...

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Marian Hastings (1747–1837) by Johan Zoffany, 1784–7 [The Hastings: and Warren Hastings (1732-1818), with an Indian servant ] © reserved

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Hervart, Esther d' [married name Esther de la Tour du Pin, marquise de Gouvernet in the French nobility; known as Madame de Gouvernet] (c. 1636–1722), noblewoman and refugee, was the only daughter among the three surviving children of Barthélemy d'Hervart (1607–1676) and his wife, ...

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Marcet, Jane Haldimand (1769–1858), writer on science and political economy, was born in London, one of twelve children and only surviving daughter of the Swiss merchant and banker Anthony Francis Haldimand (1740/41–1817) and his wife, Jane (d. 1785). She was baptized on 23 June 1769. The ...

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Jane Haldimand Marcet (1769–1858) by unknown engraver Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, University of Pennsylvania Library

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Marion, Kitty [real name Katherine Marie Schäfer] (1871–1944), suffragette and birth control activist, was born on 12 March 1871 at Riedtberg, Germany, the only child of an engineer. Her mother died when she was two and her stepmother when she was six, both of tuberculosis. Her childhood was spent moving between her father, 'a strict disciplinarian with a fierce, violent, and evidently uncontrollable temper, the full force of which [...

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Meysenbug, Baroness Malwida Rivalier von (1816–1903), writer and exile, was born Malwida Rivalier in Kassel, the capital of Hesse, on 28 October 1816, the daughter of Carl Philipp Rivalier (1779–1847), a courtier of Elector Wilhelm I of Hesse, created Baron von Meysenbug by ...

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Parnell [née Wood; other married name O'Shea], Katharine (1845–1921), political intermediary and wife of Charles Stewart Parnell, was born on 30 January 1845 at Glazenwood, Essex. She was the thirteenth child of Sir John Page Wood (1796–1866) [see under Wood, Sir Matthew...

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Senior [née Hughes], Jane Elizabeth (1828–1877), workhouse and school inspector and philanthropist, was born on 10 December 1828 at Uffington House, Uffington, Berkshire, the only daughter of eight children of John Hughes (1790–1857), author, and his second wife, Margaret Elizabeth (1797–1887), second daughter of ...

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Staël von Holstein, (Anne-Louise) Germaine [née (Anne-Louise) Germaine Necker; known as Germaine de Staël], Baroness Staël von Holstein in the Swedish nobility (1766–1817), writer and salon leader, was born on 22 April 1766 in rue de Cléry, Paris, France, the only child of ...