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Blease, (Walter) Lyon (1884–1963), barrister and civic activist, was born on 30 May 1884 at 5 Beech Street, Fairfield, Liverpool, the second son and second of three children of Walter Blease (c.1853–1940), chartered accountant, and his wife, Mary Cecilia (d...

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Blyden, Edward Wilmot (1832–1912), advocate of pan-Africanism, was born on 3 August 1832 on the island of St Thomas (then under Danish rule) in the West Indies. He was the third of the seven children of Romeo Blyden, a tailor, and his wife, ...

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Brewster, Patrick (1788–1859), Church of Scotland minister and political activist, was born at Jedburgh on 20 December 1788, the youngest of the four sons of James Brewster (c.1735–1815), rector of Jedburgh grammar school, and his wife, Margaret Key (1753–1790). He was the younger brother of ...

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David Walter Ervine (1953–2007) by Ross Wilson, 2008 Ross Wilson / photograph © Alice Burns

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Ervine, David Walter (1953–2007), paramilitary and politician, was born on 21 July 1953 at 11 Chamberlain Street, Belfast, the third son and youngest of the five children of Walter Ervine, engineering worker, and his wife, Elizabeth (Dolly), née Tate. As a boy he attended Sunday school at the local Presbyterian church but gradually drifted away from formal religious observance. He was educated at ...

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Lincoln, Ignatius Timotheus Trebitsch [formerly Ignácz Trebitsch; name in religion Chao Kung] (1879–1943), political adventurer, was born in Paks, Hungary, on 4 April 1879, the second son of Nathan Trebitsch (d. 1899), a merchant, and his wife, Julia, née Freund (...

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MacPherson, Hector Carsewell (1851–1924), journalist and political campaigner, was born in Glasgow on 16 October 1851, the son of Archibald MacPherson (1830–1900), who worked in a warehouse in the city and later became a newspaper advertising manager, and his wife, Margaret, née Ferguson (1833/4–1852)...

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McAdam, John (1806–1883), reformer and campaigner for Italian unity, was born on 5 August 1806 at Port Dundas, Glasgow, the second son of James (or Thomas) McAdam (d. c.1821), carter, and his wife, Helen Baxter, both originally from rural Stirlingshire. His education, partly in an overcrowded school in ...

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Speke, Hugh (1656–c. 1724), whig agitator, was the second son of George Speke (1623–1689), a civil-war royalist turned whig MP, of White Lackington, near Ilminster, Somerset, and his wife, Mary Speke, daughter of Sir Robert Pye. Speke matriculated from St John's College, Oxford...

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Thuku, Harry (1895–1970), Kenyan nationalist politician and farmer, was born near Kambui, Kiambu district, Kenya, to Wanjiku (d. 1934), the fourth wife of Kairianja (d. 1899), an elder of the powerful Gathirimu clan of southern Kikuyu. In the same year Britain...