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Mary Louisa Armitt (1851–1911) by Sophia Armitt The Armitt Trust Collection

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Armitt, Mary Louisa (1851–1911), author and founder of the Armitt Library, Ambleside, was born at 19 Melbourne Terrace, Salford, Lancashire, on 24 September 1851. She was the youngest of three daughters of William Armitt (1815–1867), an impecunious assistant overseer who valued learning, and his wife, ...

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Carnegie [née Scott], Susan (1743–1821), writer and benefactor, was born on 7 August 1743 in Edinburgh, the daughter of David Scott of Benholm (1700–1768), director and treasurer of the Bank of Scotland, and Mary Brown (1712–1794). She was tutored at home and gained a wide and deep knowledge of French and Italian literature and of philosophy, a proficiency in drawing (which she was taught by a relative ...

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Guest [née Grosvenor], Lady Theodora (1840–1924), author and benefactor, was born at 15 Grosvenor Square, London, on 7 July 1840, the youngest of the thirteen children of Richard Grosvenor, second marquess of Westminster (1795–1869), and his wife, née Lady Elizabeth Mary Leveson-Gower (1797–1891)...

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Kynaston, Sir Francis (1586/7–1642), writer and founder of an academy of learning, was born in Oteley, Shropshire, the eldest son of Sir Edward Kynaston (d. after 1638), gentleman, and his wife, Isabel, daughter of Sir Nicholas Bagenall. He matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford...

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Madden, Samuel Molyneux [called Premium Madden] (1686–1765), writer and benefactor, was born on 23 December 1686 in Dublin, the eldest of the five sons and one daughter of John Madden (bap. 1649, d. 1703/4), one of the original members of the Irish ...