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Abell, William (b. c. 1584, d. in or after 1655), vintner and local politician, was the son of Thomas Abell of Oundle, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Suzanna Barker. He was probably born at Oundle, where his grandfather William Abell had endowed Oundle School...

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Archer, John Richard (1863–1932), local politician and Pan-Africanist, was born on 8 June 1863 at 3 Blake Street, Liverpool, the son of Richard Archer, a ship's steward, and his wife, Mary Theresa, née Burns. His father hailed from Barbados, his mother from Ireland...

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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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Aston, Sir Thomas, first baronet (1600–1646), apologist of the Church of England and local politician, was born on 29 September 1600 at Aston near Runcorn, Cheshire, the eldest son of John Aston (d. 1615) and his wife, Maude Needham. The Aston family had a long history of service to the crown and ...

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Avery, Thomas (1813–1894), scale manufacturer and local politician, was born in 1813, the second son of William Avery (1789–1843), scale maker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Balden. Thomas and his elder brother, William Henry Avery (1812–1874), were born into a long-established dynasty of ...

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Burgess, Joseph (1853–1934), journalist and socialist, was born on 3 July 1853 in Old Road, Failsworth, Lancashire, a textile community between Manchester and Oldham, the eldest child of Thomas Burgess (b. 1823/4) and his wife, Hannah, née Ogden (...

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Chisholm, Sir Samuel, baronet (1836–1923), local politician and temperance campaigner, was born in Dalkeith, Midlothian, on 23 September 1836, the eldest son in the family of four sons and three daughters of John Chisholm (c.1810–1882), a tobacco manufacturer, and his wife, ...

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Christian, William [called Illiam Dhône] (1608–1663), political leader in the Isle of Man, was born on 14 April 1608, the fifth of the seven children of Ewan Christian (1579–1655) of Milntown, Lezayre, one of the island's two deemsters or judges, and his wife, a member of the ...

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Clayton, John (1792–1890), civic leader and antiquary, was born on 10 June 1792 at Newcastle upon Tyne, the fourth child and third son of Nathaniel Clayton (1760–1832), town clerk and solicitor, and his wife, Dorothy, née Atkinson (1764–1827), daughter of George and Bridget Atkinson...

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Corbet [other married name Campbell], Freda Künzlen (1900–1993), teacher and politician, was born at 67 Trinity Road, Tooting, London, on 15 November 1900, the eldest of the three children of Adolf Frederic Hermann Künzlen, a commercial clerk and later an insurance agent, and his wife, ...

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Craven, Sir William (c. 1545–1618), merchant and local politician, the second son of William Craven and his wife, Beatrix, the daughter of John Hunter, was born about 1545 at Appletreewick, a village in the parish of Burnsall, near Skipton in the West Riding of Yorkshire...

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Cutler, Sir Horace Walter (1912–1997), local politician, was born on 28 July 1912 at 14 Wargrave Avenue, Tottenham, Middlesex, the fourth of seven children of Albert Benjamin Cutler (1871–1934), joiner, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Rice. He attended the local council elementary school before winning a scholarship to ...

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Dollan, Sir Patrick Joseph (1885–1963), journalist and local politician, was born in Baillieston, Lanarkshire, on 3 April 1885. He was one of thirteen children of James Dollan, a miner, and his wife, Jane Rooney (c.1861–c.1946), who were both of Irish descent. ...

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Drummond, George (1687–1766), accountant-general of excise in Scotland and local politician, was born on 27 June 1687, probably at Edinburgh, although in some accounts his place of birth is given as Newton Castle in Perthshire, where his father had business and family connections. He was one of at least three children of the factor and merchant ...

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Edwards, Huw Thomas (1892–1970), trade unionist and politician in Wales, was born at Pen-y-ffridd, Ro-wen, Caernarvonshire, on 19 November 1892, the youngest son of Hugh Edwards (1851–1936) and his first wife, Elizabeth, née Williams (1855–1901). As was the custom of Anglicization at the time, his name was registered on his birth certificate as ...

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Gee, Thomas (1815–1898), newspaper publisher and politician, was born at Denbigh on 24 January 1815, the second son of Thomas Gee (1780–1845), printer, and Mary Foulkes of Hendre'r-ŵydd, Denbighshire. He was educated at Grove Park School, Wrexham, and Denbigh grammar school; at fourteen he was apprenticed to his father, though he continued to attend the grammar school to read Greek and Latin with the masters there. In 1836, having finished his apprenticeship, he spent two years in ...

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Glasier, Katharine St John Bruce [née Katharine St John Conway] (1867–1950), socialist and politician, was born on 25 September 1867 in Stoke Newington, London. She was the second of seven children of Samuel Conway, a Congregationalist minister based at Ongar, Essex, and his wife, ...

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Gordon, Katharine, duchess of Gordon (1718–1779), politician, was born on 20 October 1718, the daughter of William Gordon, second earl of Aberdeen (1679–1745), and his second wife, Lady Anna Susan Murray (1699–1725), the daughter of John Murray, first duke of Atholl. When Katharine...

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Hayward, Sir Isaac James (1884–1976), trade unionist and local politician, was born on 17 November 1884 at Blaenafon, Monmouthshire, the second of five sons in the family of seven children of Thomas Hayward, engine fitter, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth French. He went to the local elementary school, and left aged twelve. His subsequent education was at night school. ...

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Hooker [Vowell], John (c. 1527–1601), antiquary and civic administrator, was born at Bourbridge Hall, Exeter, the second son of Robert Vowell or Hooker of Exeter (b. in or before 1466, d. 1537) and his third wife, Agnes Doble (1502?–1537) of Woodbridge, Suffolk...