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Collet, Collet Dobson (1812–1898), radical and tax reformer, was born on 31 December 1812 in London. He was the eldest son of John Dobson (1778–1827), a London merchant, and his wife (and first cousin), Elizabeth Barker (1787–1875). Collet assumed the name of his maternal grandparents, as did his sister, ...

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Davies, (Sarah) Emily (1830–1921), suffragist and promoter of higher education for women, was born on 22 April 1830 in Southampton, the fourth child and second daughter of John Davies DD (1795–1861) and his wife, Mary Hopkinson (d. 1886), the daughter of a businessman from ...

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Howard [née Stanley], Rosalind Frances, countess of Carlisle (1845–1921), promoter of women's political rights and of temperance reform, was born on 20 February 1845, probably at Alderley, Cheshire. She was the youngest daughter of Edward John Stanley, second Baron Stanley of Alderley...

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Lumsden, Dame Louisa Innes (1840–1935), promoter of women's education, headmistress, and suffragist, was born on 31 December 1840 in Aberdeen. She was the seventh and youngest child of Clements Lumsden (d. 1853), advocate and writer to the signet, and his wife, Jane (...

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Neilans, Alison Roberta Noble (1884–1942), suffragist and social reformer, was born at Ellesmere, Friern Road, East Dulwich, Surrey, on 19 June 1884, the only daughter of Robert Neilans (1843–c.1896), a commercial traveller, and his wife, Alison Ferguson, née Noble (b...

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Osler [née Taylor], Catherine Courtauld (1854–1924), social reformer and suffragist, was born at King's Square, Bridgwater, Somerset, on 26 February 1854, the eldest of the four children of William Taylor (1826–1903), a merchant, and his wife, Caroline Watson, née Shute (1821–1898). The ...

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Ridding [née Palmer], Lady Laura Elizabeth (1849–1939), suffragist and philanthropist, was born on 26 March 1849 at Harley Street, London, the daughter of Roundell Palmer (1812–1895), later the first earl of Selborne, and his wife, Lady Laura Waldegrave (1821–1885), the second daughter of ...

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Sturge, Emily (1847–1892), campaigner for women's education and suffrage, was born on 20 April 1847 at Highbury Villa, Cotham New Road, Cotham, Bristol, the eldest of the eleven children of William Sturge (1820–1905) and his wife, Charlotte Allen Sturge (1817–1891). Four of her sisters were also involved to a greater and lesser extent in the movement for women's education. The ...