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Baines, Sir Edward (1800–1890), journalist, politician, and educationist, was born in Leeds on 28 May 1800, the second son of Edward Baines (1774–1848), editor of the Leeds Mercury, and his wife, Charlotte, daughter of Matthew Talbot, a Leeds currier. Matthew Talbot Baines and ...

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Sir (Ernest) Ashley Bramall (1916–1999) by unknown photographer, 1967 Getty Images

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Bramall, Sir (Ernest) Ashley (1916–1999), politician and educationist, was born at 31 Brunswick Road, Hove, on 6 January 1916, the elder of two sons (the younger later became Field Marshal Lord Bramall) of Major Edmund Haselden Bramall (1889–1964) and his wife, Katharine Bridget Westby (1887–1984)...

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Cecil, Hugh Richard Heathcote Gascoyne-, Baron Quickswood (1869–1956), politician and educationist, was born at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, on 14 October 1869, the fifth and youngest son of Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, third marquess of Salisbury (1830–1903), and his wife, Georgina Caroline Alderson (...

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James Chuter Chuter- Ede, Baron Chuter-Ede (1882–1965) by Howard Coster, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ede, James Chuter Chuter-, Baron Chuter-Ede (1882–1965), politician and educationist, was born on 11 September 1882 at Epsom, Surrey, the son of James Ede, a grocer, and his wife, Agnes Mary Chuter. He had one sister. In common with many lower-middle-class shopkeepers in the late Victorian period, ...

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Haldane, Richard Burdon, Viscount Haldane (1856–1928), politician, educationist, and lord chancellor, was born at 17 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, on 30 July 1856. He was the second son (but first surviving infancy) of Robert Haldane (1805–1877), writer to the signet and a Baptist, and his second wife, ...

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Richard Burdon Haldane, Viscount Haldane (1856–1928) by Lafayette, 1906 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Hughes, Herbert Delauney [Billy] (1914–1995), adult educationist and politician, was born on 7 September 1914 at 47 The Mall, Swindon, Wiltshire, the only child of Arthur Percy Hughes, secondary school teacher, and his wife, Maggie Ellen Delauney, former elementary school headteacher. When he was six the family moved to ...

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Jones, Morgan (1885–1939), educationist and politician, was born on 3 May 1885 at Rhos Cottages, Gelli-gaer, the fifth of seven children of Elias Jones (1853–1917), a collier, and his wife, Sarah Ann Evans (1857–1946), a domestic servant. Welsh-speaking, he was educated at elementary schools at ...

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Macnamara, Thomas James (1861–1931), educationist and politician, was born on 23 August 1861 at the barracks, Montreal, Canada, the son of Thomas Macnamara (d. 1899), soldier, and his wife, Elizabeth Harvey.

Following his father's posting to Exeter in 1869 Macnamara was enrolled first at the city's ...

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Thomas James Macnamara (1861–1931) by Walter Stoneman, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Philip Magnus, first baronet (1842–1933) by Lafayette, 1927 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Magnus, Sir Philip, first baronet (1842–1933), educationist and politician, was born on 7 October 1842 at 160 High Holborn, London, the second of the five children of Jacob Magnus (1805–1888), a tailor and later a wine merchant, and his wife, Caroline Barnett (1808/9–1894)...

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Sir John Arthur Ransome Marriott (1859–1945) by Howard Coster, 1940 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Marriott, Sir John Arthur Ransome (1859–1945), educationist and politician, was born at Bowdon, Cheshire, on 17 August 1859, the eldest son of Francis Marriott (1830?–1871), a solicitor in Manchester, and his wife, Elizabeth (1835?–1895), second daughter of Joseph Atkinson Ransome, surgeon to the ...

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Murray, John (1879–1964), educationist and politician, was born on 28 February 1879 at Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, the eldest son of Francis Robert Murray, fish curer, and his wife, Isabella Watt. He was educated at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen. In 1896 he entered the University of Aberdeen...

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John Murray (1879–1964) by Reginald Grenville Eves, 1939 © reserved; collection University of Exeter, photograph by Jonathan Bosley

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Nicholson, Sir Charles, first baronet (1808–1903), educationist and politician, was born in Cockermouth, Cumberland, on 23 November 1808. He was the only surviving child of Charles Nicholson of London, merchant and agent to Lord Egremont, and Barbara, youngest daughter of John Ascough of ...

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Paton, Alan Stewart (1903–1988), writer, educationist, and politician, was born on 11 January 1903 at 9 Greyling Street, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, the oldest of the four children, two boys and two girls, of James Paton (1872–1930), a Scottish shorthand writer who had emigrated to ...