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Enid Margaret Appiah (1921–2006) by Terry Fincher, 1955 Getty Images

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Appiah [née Cripps], Enid Margaret [Peggy] (1921–2006), anthologist and charity worker, was born on 21 May 1921 at Filkins, Gloucestershire, the youngest child in the family of three daughters and one son of Sir (Richard) Stafford Cripps (1889–1952), barrister and politician, and his wife, ...

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Armine [née Talbot; other married name Holcroft], Mary, Lady Armine (1594–1676), benefactor, was born at Overton, Huntingdonshire, the daughter of Elizabeth Reyner and Henry Talbot, fourth son of George Talbot, sixth earl of Shrewsbury. She married first Thomas Holcroft and second, on 28 August 1628, ...

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Mary Louisa Armitt (1851–1911) by Sophia Armitt The Armitt Trust Collection

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Armitt, Mary Louisa (1851–1911), author and founder of the Armitt Library, Ambleside, was born at 19 Melbourne Terrace, Salford, Lancashire, on 24 September 1851. She was the youngest of three daughters of William Armitt (1815–1867), an impecunious assistant overseer who valued learning, and his wife, ...

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Arthur [née Glen], Jane (1827–1907), advocate of women's rights and benefactor, was born at Broomlands, Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 18 November 1827, the third of five children of Thomas Glen (c.1798–1886), baker and grain merchant, and his wife, Janet. Throughout her adult life, ...

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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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Atherton, Eleanora (1782–1870), philanthropist, was born on 14 February 1782, the elder of the two surviving daughters of the four children of Henry Atherton, (1740–1816) of Lincoln's Inn, barrister, and his wife, Ann (1751–1826), daughter of Edward Byrom (1724–1773) of Manchester and his wife, ...

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Atkinson [née Gaynor], Sarah (1823–1893), philanthropist and writer, was born on 13 October 1823 in Athlone, co. Westmeath, Ireland, the eldest of five daughters and one son of John and Anne Gaynor. She was educated at home; the family moved to Dublin...

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Aylward, Margaret Louisa (1810–1889), philanthropist and Roman Catholic nun, was born on 23 November 1810 in Thomas Street, Waterford, the fifth child of William Aylward (d. 1840), merchant, and his wife, Ellen Mullowney, née Murphy (c.1781–c.1860). There were ten children born of the marriage, and a half-brother, from ...

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Backhouse, Margaret Ann (1887–1977), educationist and humanitarian activist, was born at The Grange, Hurworth, near Darlington, co. Durham, on 4 May 1887, the youngest but one of ten children of James Edward Backhouse (1845–1897) and his wife, Elizabeth Barclay Fowler (1849–1911). Her father was a partner in ...

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Balliol, Dervorguilla de, lady of Galloway (d. 1290), noblewoman and benefactor, was a daughter of Alan, lord of Galloway (b. before 1199, d. 1234), and his second wife, Margaret, eldest daughter of David, earl of Huntingdon (d. 1219). Born some time after 1209, the date of her parents' marriage, her distinctive Gaelic name, ...

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Louisa Caroline Baring, Lady Ashburton (1827–1903) by Carlo, Baron Marochetti, 1861 property of the Marquess of Northampton; Beedle & Cooper

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Baring [née Stewart-Mackenzie], Louisa Caroline, Lady Ashburton (1827–1903), art collector and philanthropist, was born at Seaforth Lodge, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, on 5 March 1827, the third daughter and sixth child of James Alexander Stewart-Mackenzie (d. 1843)...

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Alice Barnham (1523–1604) by unknown artist, c. 1557 [Alice Barnham and her sons Martin and Steven] Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum, photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum

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Barnham [née Bradbridge], Alice (1523–1604), silkwoman and benefactor, was born on 7 September 1523 at Chichester, Sussex, one of the youngest of the fourteen children of William Bradbridge (d. 1546), a successful and prosperous mercer, and his wife, Alice. Alice Barnham...

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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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Florence Mary Barrow (1876–1964) by unknown photographer, c. 1914 © reserved

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Barrow, Florence Mary (1876–1964), relief worker and promoter of improved housing, was born on 27 January 1876 in Birmingham, the only daughter of Richard Cadbury Barrow (1827–1894), Quaker businessman and mayor of Birmingham (1888–9), and his wife, Jane (b. 1831), daughter of the Quakers ...