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Barr [née Moyles], (Sarah) Venie (1875–1947), political activist and philanthropist, was born at Abbeyleix, Queen's county, on 3 October 1875, the daughter of James Moyles, a trader, and his wife, Eliza Jane Pratt. On 2 July 1901 she married Ainsworth Barr (...

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Haverfield [née Scarlett], Evelina (1867–1920), suffragette and aid worker, was born at Inverlochy Castle, Kingussie, on 9 August 1867, the third daughter of William Frederick Scarlett, third Baron Abinger (1826–1892), landowner and army officer, and his wife, Helen (c.1840–1915), daughter of ...

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Jekyll [née Graham], Dame Agnes (1861–1937), philanthropist and political hostess, was born on 12 October 1861 in Largs, Ayrshire, the sixth daughter of William Graham (1817–1885), Liberal MP and art collector, and his wife, Jane Catherine (1819/20–1899), daughter of John Loundes of ...

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Oliver [née Joseph], Dame Beryl Carnegy (1882–1972), charity worker and administrator, was born Beryl Carnegy Joseph on 20 August 1882 in Australia. She was the only daughter of Francis Edward Joseph, gentleman, who later adopted the surname of his wife, Isabella Eliza Butter Carnegy (...

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Dame Beryl Carnegy Oliver (1882–1972) by Bassano, 1938 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lady Laura Elizabeth Ridding (1849–1939) by Schemboche, c. 1876 [The Riddings: and George Ridding (1828-1904)] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ridding [née Palmer], Lady Laura Elizabeth (1849–1939), suffragist and philanthropist, was born on 26 March 1849 at Harley Street, London, the daughter of Roundell Palmer (1812–1895), later the first earl of Selborne, and his wife, Lady Laura Waldegrave (1821–1885), the second daughter of ...

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Villiers, Margaret Elizabeth Child- [née Margaret Elizabeth Leigh], countess of Jersey (1849–1945), political hostess and philanthropist, was born on 29 October 1849 at Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire, the eldest daughter of William Henry Leigh, second Baron Leigh (1824–1905) and his wife, Lady Caroline Amelia Grosvenor (...

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Margaret Elizabeth Child- Villiers, countess of Jersey (1849–1945) by Ellis Roberts private collection; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mary Augusta Ward [Mrs Humphry Ward] (1851–1920) by Barraud, pubd 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ward [née Arnold], Mary Augusta [known as Mrs Humphry Ward] (1851–1920), novelist, philanthropist, and political lobbyist, born on 11 June 1851 in Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land, was the eldest child of Thomas Arnold (1823–1900), inspector of schools in Hobart Town...