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Bache, Sarah (1771–1844), schoolmistress, was born at Bromsgrove, but was brought up in Worcester by close relatives named Laugher. With them, she attended the chapel of the Revd Thomas Belsham, a prominent Unitarian minister. She had many close connections within the Unitarian community: the ...

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Beasley [née James], (Catherine) Eileen (1921–2012), teacher and Welsh-language campaigner, was born on 4 April 1921 at Pen-y-bryn, Henllan Amgoed, Carmarthenshire, the daughter of David John James, farmer, and his wife, Mary Winifred, née Williams. Pen-y-bryn was her maternal grandparents' home, and she was raised on her parents' farm, ...

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(Catherine) Eileen Beasley (1921–2012) by unknown photographer, 1951 [with husband, Trefor] courtesy of Delyth Prys

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Bird, Ruth (1899–1987), historian and schoolteacher, was born on 26 May 1899 at 62 St Quintin Avenue, Kensington, London, the second of the two children of George Bird (1863–1912), entrepreneur and engineer, and his wife, Theresa Mary (1867–1953), daughter of Thomas Edwards, chemist, and his wife, ...

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Boyd, Margaret [Maggie] (1913–1993), schoolteacher and lacrosse player, was born on 17 January 1913 in Strasbourg, Alsace, Germany, the daughter and fourth of five children of Dr Harold de Haven Boyd, manager of a Manchester oil company, and his wife, Charlotte Elisabeth, née...

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Brooker [née Beacon], Daphne Elizabeth (1927–2012), model and fashion teacher, was born on 8 June 1927 at the Ormond Maternity Home, 29 Blantyre Street, Chelsea, London, the elder child and only daughter of Charles Beacon, chauffeur, and his wife, Mabel Elizabeth, née...

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Byerley, Maria (1787–1843), schoolmistress, was the second daughter and fifth child of Thomas Byerley (1748–1810), nephew, agent, and partner in the pottery works of Josiah Wedgwood, and his wife, Frances, née Bruckfield (1761–1838). Katherine Thomson, the writer, was her younger sister. For the first twenty years of ...

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Carbutt [married name Herford], Louisa (1832–1907), schoolmistress and educational pioneer, was born on 25 September 1832 at Altona, near Hamburg, Germany, the daughter of Francis Carbutt (1792–1874) and his wife, Louise Petronella, daughter of George Henry Penecke of Copenhagen. Sir Edward Hamer Carbutt, ...

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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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Cary [née Shadd], Mary Ann Camberton (1823–1893), schoolmistress, newspaper editor, and political activist, was born on 9 October 1823 in Wilmington, Delaware, eldest of thirteen children of Abraham Doras Shadd (1801–1882), a shoemaker, and his wife, Harriet Parnell (1806–1880). Free African Americans in a slave state, prominent in the anti-slavery and negro convention movements, her family moved to ...

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Mary Ann Camberton Cary (1823–1893) by unknown photographer, c. 1845–55 National Archives of Canada / C-029977

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Cooke, Sophia (1814–1895), missionary and schoolmistress, was born in the Norfolk village of Hilborough, on 27 February 1814, attended school in Bury St Edmunds, and was a governess in Suffolk for twenty years before leaving England in March 1853 to become superintendent of the ...

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Corbet [other married name Campbell], Freda Künzlen (1900–1993), teacher and politician, was born at 67 Trinity Road, Tooting, London, on 15 November 1900, the eldest of the three children of Adolf Frederic Hermann Künzlen, a commercial clerk and later an insurance agent, and his wife, ...

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Freda Künzlen Corbet (1900–1993) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cottnam [née How], Deborah (c. 1727–1806), schoolmistress, was born probably at Canso, Nova Scotia, the only daughter of the four known children born to Edward How (c.1702–1750), merchant and JP, and his first wife, who died c.1743. Deborah's father subsequently married ...

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Fish, Elizabeth Mary Jane (1860–1944), schoolteacher, was born at 83 North Woodside Road, Glasgow, on 22 December 1860, the daughter of William Fish, a city missionary, and his wife, Jane McNaughton. Her schooling took place at Sharp's Institution in Perth, where her parents had married and where her father was chaplain. She returned to ...

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Elizabeth Mary Jane Fish (1860–1944) by unknown photographer [right, being congratulated by Miss Latto] photograph by kind permission of the Educational Institute of Scotland

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Franklin, Mary (1800–1867), schoolmistress, was born, probably in Coventry, on 5 August 1800, the eldest child and first daughter of Francis Franklin (1772–1852), Baptist minister, and his wife, Rebecca, née Dyer. Her father had been pastor of the Cow Lane Chapel, Coventry, since 1799, with a stipend of ...

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