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Margaret Ashton (1856–1937) by Henry Lamb Manchester City Art Galleries / Estate of Henry Lamb

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Ashton, Margaret (1856–1937), local politician and philanthropist, was born on 19 January 1856 at Ashfield, Wilmslow Road, in Withington, Manchester, the third of the six daughters and three sons of Thomas Ashton (1818–1898), a wealthy cotton manufacturer, and his wife, Elizabeth (1831–1914), daughter of ...

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Biggs, Caroline Ashurst (1840–1889), novelist and campaigner for women's suffrage, was born in St Margaret's, Leicester, on 23 August 1840, the second daughter of Matilda Ashurst Biggs (1816/17–1866) and Joseph Biggs (1809–1895) [see under Biggs, John (1801-1871)], hosiery manufacturer, of Leicester...

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Caroline Ashurst Biggs (1840–1889) by Elizabeth S. Guinness, 1897 (after unknown photographer, c. 1875) The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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Biggs, Matilda Ashurst (1816/17–1866), campaigner for women's rights and supporter of Italian independence, was born in Muswell Hill, Middlesex, the second daughter of William Henry Ashurst (d. 1855) and his wife, Elizabeth Ann Brown (d. 1854), of Muswell Hill, Middlesex. Elizabeth Ann Ashurst (known as Eliza)...

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Bowring [née Castle], Deborah, Lady Bowring (1816–1902), local activist, was born on 30 July 1816, one of the fourteen children of Thomas Castle of Clifton and his wife, Mary. Her family were Unitarians, and she was brought up in the Bristol circle which included ...

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Brown, Nessie Stewart [née Nessie Muspratt] (1864–1958), local politician, was born on 5 September 1864 at Seaforth Hall, Litherland, near Liverpool, the second of eight surviving children of the chemical industrialist Dr Edmund Knowles Muspratt (1833–1923) and his wife, Frances Jane Baines...

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Chamberlain, Beatrice Mary (1862–1918), educationist and political organizer, was born at 24 Harborne Road, Edgbaston, on the fringes of Birmingham, on 25 May 1862, the eldest daughter of the imperial statesman Joseph Chamberlain (1836–1914) and his first wife, Harriet, née Kenrick (1835–1863). Her mother died a year later giving birth to ...

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Flower, Eliza (1803–1846), radical and composer, was born at Harlow in Essex on 19 April 1803, the eldest daughter of Benjamin Flower (1755–1829), a Cambridge printer, and his wife, Eliza, née Gould (1770–1810), a schoolteacher, the eldest daughter of John Gould of Dodbroke...

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Howey, (Rose) Elsie Neville (1884–1963), suffragette, was born at Finningley, Nottinghamshire, on 1 December 1884, the daughter of Thomas Howey (1851/2–1887), rector of Finningley, and his wife, Emily Gertrude (née Oldfield). Following Thomas Howey's death, the family moved to the Malvern area which remained ...

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Ker, Alice Jane Shannan Stewart (1853–1943), doctor and suffragette, was born on 2 December 1853 at Deskford, Cullen, Banffshire, the eldest child of the Revd William Turnbull Ker (1824–1885), minister of the Free Church of Scotland, and his wife, Margaret Millar, née Stevenson (1826–1900)...

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McIlquham [M'Ilquham; née Medley], Harriett (1837–1910), local politician and suffragist, was born on 8 August 1837 at 41 Brick Lane, Old Street, London, the daughter of Edward Medley, master baker, and Harriet Medley, née Sanders. She spent her early life in London, and was reared in a Unitarian family in an atmosphere conducive to freedom of thought. Encouraged to take an interest in public questions, she read advanced literature, attended lectures by eminent Victorian radicals, and, like other young women with a social conscience, turned to parish visiting. Her liberal upbringing and exposure to radical thought thus sowed the seeds of a life devoted to progressive social reform and the political emancipation of women. Upon marriage to ...

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Catherine Courtauld Osler (1854–1924) by Edward Steel Harper II, 1917-18 © Birmingham Museums Trust

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Osler [née Taylor], Catherine Courtauld (1854–1924), social reformer and suffragist, was born at King's Square, Bridgwater, Somerset, on 26 February 1854, the eldest of the four children of William Taylor (1826–1903), a merchant, and his wife, Caroline Watson, née Shute (1821–1898). The ...

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Russell [née Elliot], Frances Anna Maria [Fanny], Countess Russell [formerly Lady John Russell] (1815–1898), political wife, was born on 15 November 1815 at Minto House, Roxburghshire, the second daughter and third child in the family of five sons and four daughters of ...

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Stansfeld [née Ashurst], Caroline (1816–1885), radical, was born in London on 28 January 1816, the daughter of a wealthy lawyer, William Henry Ashurst (bap. 1791?, d. 1855) and his wife, Elizabeth Ann, née Brown (d. 1854). She had three sisters, Eliza Ashurst (Bardonneau)...

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Swaine, Ann Sykes (bap. 1821, d. 1883), suffragist and philanthropist, was baptized at Birstall, Yorkshire, on 15 September 1821, the eldest of the four daughters of Edward Swaine and his wife, Martha Sykes. She was a spinster, and lived in York for the last twenty-eight years of her life, nursing her ageing father until her own death at the age of sixty-one. A Unitarian, ...