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Garry [née Campbell], Flora Macdonald (1900–2000), broadcaster and poet, was born on 30 September 1900 at Mains of Auchmunziel, New Deer, Aberdeenshire, the second of the four children of Archibald William Campbell (1869–1947) and his wife, Helen Mary, née Metcalfe (1873–1955). The ...

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Irons, Evelyn Graham (1900–2000), journalist, was born on 17 June 1900 at 136 Hyndland Road, Kelvinside, Glasgow, the daughter of Joseph Jones Irons, stockbroker, and his wife, Edith Mary Latta. Her middle-class family possibly had connections with the Grahams of Montrose, and she was descended from ...

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Naomi Mary Margaret Mitchison, Lady Mitchison (1897–1999) by Wyndham Lewis, 1938 © Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust

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Mitchison [née Haldane], Naomi Mary Margaret, Lady Mitchison (1897–1999), writer and social activist, was born on 1 November 1897 at 10 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh, the younger child of John Scott Haldane (1860–1936), physiologist, and his wife, (Louisa) Kathleen (1863–1961), an active suffragist, daughter of ...

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O'Brien [née Raffalovich], Sophie (1860–1960), author and Irish nationalist, born on 16 January 1860 in Odessa, was the only daughter of Hermann Raffalovich (d. 1893), a wealthy Russian Jewish banker to the tsar, and his wife, Marie (d. 1921). Sophie...

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Frances Catherine Partridge (1900–2004) by Derry Moore, 1992 © Derry Moore; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Partridge [née Marshall], Frances Catherine (1900–2004), diarist and author, was born on 15 March 1900 at 28 Bedford Square, London, the third daughter and youngest of the six children of William Cecil Marshall (1849–1921), architect, and his wife, Margaret Anna, née Lloyd (1863–1941)...

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Amy Roberta Ruck (1878–1978) by Emil Otto Hoppé, 1927 by permission of the E. O. Hoppé Trust, Curatorial Assistance, Inc., Los Angeles

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Ruck [married name Oliver], Amy Roberta [Berta] (1878–1978), novelist, was born on 2 August 1878 at Murree, Punjab, India, the eldest child of Arthur Ashley Ruck, a lieutenant in the Isle of Man regiment (8th foot), and his wife, Elizabeth Eleanor, daughter of ...

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Sanders, Ruth Vernon Manning- [née Ruth Vernon Manning] (1888–1988), writer and folklorist, was born on 21 August 1888 in Swansea, the youngest of three daughters of John Edmondson Manning (1848–1910), Unitarian minister, and his wife. Brought up in a book-loving, play-acting household and moving to ...

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Sheavyn, Phoebe Ann Beale (1865–1968), literary scholar and feminist, was born on 16 September 1865 in Long Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire. Her birth was registered nearly six weeks later by her mother, Jane Elizabeth Sheavyn, née Farmer. Her father, William Sale Sheavyn, was a draper in ...

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Smith [née Reeve], Pleasance, Lady Smith (1773–1877), letter writer and literary editor, was born on 11 May 1773 at Lowestoft, the fifth child of Robert Reeve (1739–1815), attorney and merchant, and Pleasance Clerke (1739–1820). In 1796 she married James Edward Smith, founder and president of the ...