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Aikenhead, Mary Frances (1787–1858), Roman Catholic nun, was born on 19 January 1787, in the house adjoining the Aikenhead and Dupont apothecary premises on the corner of Grand Parade and Castle Street in Cork. She was the eldest of four children of Dr David Aikenhead...

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Clement, Margaret (1539–1612), prioress of St Ursula's, Louvain, was the youngest of the eleven children of John Clement (d. 1572), physician, and his wife, Margaret, née Giggs (1508–1570) [see Clement, Margaret]. The Clements were prominent humanist Roman Catholics who had met in the household of ...

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Dennett, Mary [name in religion Christina] (1730–1781), prioress of the Holy Sepulchre, Liège, was born at Appleton, Widnes, Lancashire, the youngest of the four children of Henry Dennett (d. c.1735) and his wife, Mary Harrison, of Appleton. Convent sources record that at the time of her parents' marriage ...

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Dickinson, Frances [name in religion Clare Joseph of the Heart of Jesus] (1755–1830), prioress at Port Tobacco Carmel, Maryland, was born on 12 July 1755, in London, one of at least two daughters and several sons of George Dickinson and his wife, ...

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Garson, Mary Sunniva (1921–2007), nun and founder of the Benedictine sisters of Grace and Compassion, was born on 3 October 1921 at Denend, Udny, Aberdeenshire, the only daughter and eldest of four children of David Garson, merchant seaman and later harbour master, and his wife, ...

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Hallahan, Margaret Mary [name in religion Margaret of the Mother of God] (1802–1868), Roman Catholic nun, was born in London on 23 January 1802, the only daughter of working-class Irish parents, Edmund Hallahan and his wife, Catherine, née O'Connor. Orphaned at the age of eleven she spent three years in the orphanage attached to the Catholic mission at ...

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Sinclair, Margaret Anne [name in religion Sister Mary Francis of the Five Wounds] (1900–1925), Poor Clare nun, was born at 24 Middle Arthur Place, Edinburgh, on 29 March 1900, the second daughter and third of six surviving children of Andrew Sinclair (1872–1924)...

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Throckmorton, Margaret [name in religion Magdalen] (1591–1668), prioress of St Monica's, Louvain, was born at Coughton Court, Warwickshire, the eldest daughter of the nine children (four sons and five daughters) of John Throckmorton (d. 1604) and his wife, Agnes, née Wilford (1570–...

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Ward, Mary (1585–1645), Roman Catholic nun and founder of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was born on 23 January 1585 at Mulwith Manor, near Ripon in Yorkshire. She was the eldest of the six children of Marmaduke Ward (b. c...

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Wheelwright, Esther [name in religion Marie-Joseph de l’Enfant Jésus; known as Mother Esther] (1696–1780), captive and Ursuline nun, was the fourth of eleven children born to John Wheelwright and his wife Mary, neé Snell. She was born in the town of ...