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Collins, Patrick (1859–1943), showman and politician, was born on 12 May 1859 at 58 Broughton, Chester, the son of John Collins, agricultural labourer (later, general dealer), and his wife, Annoia McDermott. One of five children, he attended St Wedburgh's School in Chester, but left at the age of ten and travelled ...

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Coppin, George Selth (1819–1906), actor and politician, born at Steyning, Sussex, on 8 April 1819, was the only child of George Selth Coppin (1794–1854) and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Jackson (1789–1869). His father, of a Norwich family, gave up medical practice for the stage and became a theatrical manager....

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Crawley, Aidan Merivale (1908–1993), politician and television executive, was born on 10 April 1908 at the vicarage, Benenden, near Cranbrook, Kent, the third of the five children of Arthur Stafford Crawley, vicar of Benenden (later canon of Windsor), and his wife, Anstice Katharine, ...

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Freud, Sir Clement Raphael [Clay] (1924–2009), restaurateur, journalist, and politician, was born Clemens Raphael Freud in Berlin on 24 April 1924, the third and youngest son of Ernst Ludwig Freud (1892–1970), architect, and his wife, Lucie, née Brasch (1896–1989). He was the grandson of the founder of psychoanalysis, ...

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Hamilton [née Adamson], Mary Agnes (1882–1966), politician and broadcaster, was born on 8 July 1882, at 60 Parsonage Road, Withington, Manchester, the eldest of six children of Robert Adamson (1852–1902), a Scot, professor of logic at Owens College (later part of Manchester University...

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Hill, Charles, Baron Hill of Luton (1904–1989), doctor, politician, and broadcaster, was born in Islington, London, on 15 January 1904, the youngest in the family of two sons and a daughter of Charles Hill, maker of pianoforte parts, who died in 1906, and his wife, ...

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Porter, Nyree Dawn (1936–2001), actress, was born on 22 January 1936 in Napier, New Zealand, the first daughter and first child of Kenneth Norman Porter, master butcher and property developer, originating from Scotland, and his wife, Edna May Porter. Her forename Ngaire, later phoneticized to ...