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Alice [married name Alice de Lusignan], suo jure countess of Eu (d. 1246), magnate, was the daughter of Henri, count of Eu and lord of Hastings, and Matilda, the daughter of Hamelin (de Warenne), earl of Surrey, and Countess Isabel de Warenne...

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Mary Sophia Allen (1878–1964) by Mrs Albert Broom, 1916 [centre, with members of the women police] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allen, Mary Sophia (1878–1964), police officer, was born on 12 March 1878 at 2 Marlborough Terrace, Newport Road, Roath, Glamorgan, the daughter of Thomas Isaac Allen, a superintendent of the Great Western Railway, and his wife, Margaret Sophia Carlyle. Her sister, Mrs Hampton...

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Basset, Philippa, countess of Warwick (d. 1265), magnate, was the eldest of three daughters and coheirs of Thomas Basset, lord of Colyton and Whitford, Devon, and Headington, Oxfordshire. When he died in 1220 she took Headington as her third of his estate. Meanwhile, however, ...

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Beaufort [married names Ferrers, Neville], Joan, countess of Westmorland (1379?–1440), magnate, was the youngest of the four children of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster (1340–1399), and his mistress, Katherine Swynford (1350?–1403) [see Katherine, duchess of Lancaster].

The dates of birth of all four children are uncertain, though there may be some significance in the pattern of gifts from ...

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Berkeley, Elizabeth, countess of Warwick (c. 1386–1422), magnate, was the daughter of Thomas, fifth Baron Berkeley (1353–1417), and Margaret (1360–c.1392), daughter and heir of Warin de Lisle. In September 1392 an agreement was drawn up with Thomas Beauchamp, earl of Warwick...

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Bolebec, Isabel de, countess of Oxford (c. 1164–1245), magnate and monastic patron, was the eldest daughter of Hugh de Bolebec (d. c.1165), lord of Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, and a patron of the order of Friars Preacher in England. She appears first in the records as the widow of ...

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Brotherton [Marshal], Margaret, suo jure duchess of Norfolk (c. 1320–1399), magnate, was the eldest daughter and eventually sole heir of Thomas of Brotherton, first earl of Norfolk (1300–1338), the eldest son of Edward I from his second marriage, and Alice Hales (d...

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Browne, Kathleen Anne (1876–1943), politician and historian, was born at Bridgetown, co. Wexford, on 31 October 1876, the eldest daughter of Michael Browne, landowner and farmer, and his wife, Mary Eleanor Stafford, of Rathronan Castle, Wexford. She was educated at the Bridgetown national school...

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Brugha, Caitlin [née Catherine Mary Kingston] (1879–1959), company director and politician, was born Catherine Mary Kingston, at Birr (or Parsonstown), co. Offaly, on 9 December 1879, the daughter of William Kingston, shopkeeper, and his wife, Catherine, née Roche. She was educated at the ...

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Bulkeley [née Stuart], Lady Sophia (fl. 1660–1718), Jacobite sympathizer, was the younger daughter of Walter Stuart or Stewart (d. in or before 1657), a physician and MP for Monmouth, and his wife, Sophia (d. 1702/3), a dresser to Queen Henrietta Maria...

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Callan [née Hughes], Margaret (c. 1817–c. 1883), Irish nationalist, was born about 1817 in Newry, co. Down, one of the six daughters and five sons of Philip Hughes, a merchant in Newry, and his wife, Susanna, the daughter of Patrick Gavan...

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Dame (Mary) Eugenia Charles (1919–2005) by B. Dale, 1983 National Geographic / Getty Images

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Charles, Dame (Mary) Eugenia (1919–2005), prime minister of Dominica, was born on 15 May 1919 at Pointe Michel, near Roseau, on the south-west coast of Dominica, the daughter of John Baptiste Charles (who died in 1983, at the age of 107), businessman, and his wife, ...

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Charlot [née Huber], Monica (1933–2005), historian and political scientist, was born at 6 Maitland Park Villas, St Pancras, London, on 31 May 1933, the second of three children of Joseph Jacob (Jack) Huber, consular official, and his wife, Doris May, née Fickling...

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Clare, Elizabeth de [Elizabeth de Burgh; known as lady of Clare] (1294/5–1360), magnate and founder of Clare College, Cambridge, was usually known as Elizabeth de Burgh, and was described by herself and others as lady of Clare. She was the youngest daughter of ...

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Clare, Isabel de, suo jure countess of Pembroke (1171x6–1220), magnate, was the daughter of Richard fitz Gilbert de Clare (c. 1130–1176), lord of Striguil (1148–76) and of Leinster (1171–6), and Aífe (Eva), daughter of Diarmait Mac Murchada (Dermot Mac Murrough), king of Leinster...

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Clarke [née Daly], Kathleen (1878–1972), political activist, was born on 11 April 1878 at Frederick Street, Limerick, the third of nine children born to Edward Daly, businessman, and his wife, Catherine, née O'Mara, a dressmaker. The family's political sympathies were strongly nationalist and her father had been imprisoned for involvement in the Fenian rising of 1867. ...

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Concannon [née Walsh], Helena (1878–1952), historian and politician, was born in Maghera, co. Londonderry, on 28 October 1878, one of the four daughters and three sons of Louis Walsh (d. 1917) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Donnelly, who were proprietors of ...