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Babington, Thomas (1758–1837), philanthropist and politician, was born on 18 December 1758, the eldest son and heir of Thomas Babington (1715–1776), of Rothley Temple, Rothley, Leicestershire, and his wife, Lydia (1726/7–1791), daughter of Joseph Cardale, vicar of Hinckley. After education at Rugby School...

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Bullar, John (1778–1864), schoolmaster and campaigner for liberal causes, was born on 27 January 1778 in the parish of Holy Rood, Southampton, probably at 95/96 High Street, the son of John Bullar (1744–1836), peruke maker and hairdresser of Southampton High Street, and his wife, ...

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Clarkson, Thomas (1760–1846), slavery abolitionist, was born on 28 March 1760 in the free grammar school, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, of which his father, the Revd John Clarkson (1710–1766), was headmaster. His mother, Anne (1735–1799), was the daughter of Alpe Ward, a well-off and well-connected physician of ...

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Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vassa] (c. 1745–1797), author and slavery abolitionist, was in the words of his own Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano born 'in a charming vale, named Essaka', most likely in present-day Nigeria. However, at his baptism in 1759 he was described as a native of ...

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Macaulay, Zachary (1768–1838), slavery abolitionist, was born on 2 May 1768 in Inveraray, the third son of the twelve children of John Macaulay (1720–1789), Church of Scotland minister, and his second wife, Margaret (d. 1790), daughter of Colin Campbell of ...

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Ramsay, James (1733–1789), surgeon and slavery abolitionist, was born on 25 July 1733 at Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, the only son of William Ramsay (1683–1754), ship's carpenter, and his wife, Margaret Ogilvie (1696–1772) of Powrie. After attending Fraserburgh grammar school he was apprenticed to Dr Alexander Findlay...

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Sharp, Granville (1735–1813), author and slavery abolitionist, was born at Durham on 10 November 1735. He was the scion of a clerical family, the ninth and youngest son of Thomas Sharp (1693–1758), archdeacon of Northumberland, and his wife, Judith Wheler (d. 1757)...

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Stephen, James (1758–1832), lawyer and slavery abolitionist, was born on 30 June 1758 at Poole, Dorset, the second of seven children of James Stephen (bap. 1733, d. 1779), dealer and conveyancer, and his wife, Sibella (1738–1775), daughter of William Milner. He attended a series of schools, most of them for only brief periods of time on account of his father's indebtedness. In 1773 he was sent to ...

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Wilberforce, William (1759–1833), politician, philanthropist, and slavery abolitionist, was born on 24 August 1759 at the Wilberforce house in High Street, Hull, the third child and only son of Robert Wilberforce (1728–1768), merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1798), daughter of Thomas Bird...