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Archer, Georgina (1827–1882), promoter of women's education, was born on 27 September 1827 in Edinburgh, the youngest of the four children of Andrew Archer, dentist, and his wife, Ann, née Cunningham. The family consisted of two sons and two daughters. The eldest, James Archer (1822–1904)...

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Campbell [née Black], Janet [Jessie] (1827–1907), promoter of higher education for women in Scotland, was born in Cross-Arthurlie, Renfrewshire, on 26 March 1827, the eldest child of James Black (1799?–1831) of Cross-Arthurlie, the owner of a bleaching business, and his wife, Eliza Taylor (1803?–1859)...

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Hope, Louisa Octavia Augusta (1814–1893), promoter of household science teaching, was the youngest of the twelve children of Charles Hope, Lord Granton (1763–1851), the tory politician and lord president of the court of session, and of his wife (and cousin), Lady Charlotte Hope (1771–1834)...

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Dame Louisa Innes Lumsden (1840–1935) by Olive Edis, c. 1925 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Porter, Josias Leslie (1823–1889), missionary and promoter of Irish education, born on 4 October 1823, was the youngest son of William Porter of Carrowan, parish of Burt, co. Donegal, and Margaret, daughter of Andrew Leslie of Drumgowan in the same parish. The father farmed several ...

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Simson, Frances Helen (1854–1938), promoter of women's higher education and suffragist, was born at 13 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, on 2 April 1854, the daughter of William Simson (1811–1858), secretary of the Bank of Scotland, and his wife, Jane Christiana Aberdein (b. 1820)...

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Walker, Mary Russell (1846–1938), headmistress and promoter of women's education, was born in Edinburgh, the first of two daughters of William Walker, accountant of the National Bank of Scotland, and his wife, Margaret Gray. She had what she described as 'a somewhat desultory...