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Brackenbury, Georgina Agnes (1865–1949), portrait painter and suffrage campaigner, was born at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, on 1 July 1865, the fifth of nine children of Charles Booth Brackenbury (1831–1890), an officer in the Royal Artillery who became director of the Artillery College, Woolwich...

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Georgina Agnes Brackenbury (1865–1949) self-portrait © private collection

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Dunlop, Marion Wallace- (1864–1942), suffragist and artist, was born on 22 December 1864 at Leys Castle, Inverness, in Scotland, the daughter of Robert Henry Wallace-Dunlop, of the Bengal civil service, and his wife, Lucy Dowson (1836–1914). Two of her sisters, Madeline and Rosalind Wallace-Dunlop...

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Marion Wallace- Dunlop (1864–1942) by unknown photographer, 1909 © Museum of London, neg. number 15346, ref. CL02/7448

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Garrett, Agnes (1845–1935), interior designer and suffragist, was born on 12 July 1845 at The Uplands, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, the seventh of eleven children of Newson Garrett (1812–1893), merchant, and his wife, Louisa (1813–1903), daughter of John Dunnell of Marylebone, Middlesex. She was educated at a boarding-school in ...

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Housman, Clemence Annie (1861–1955), illustrator and suffragette, was born on 23 November 1861 at Bromsgrove (her birth registered, nameless, as 'female'), the third child and first daughter of Edward Housman (1831–1894), a solicitor, and his wife, Sarah Jane Williams (1828–1871). Her eldest brother was the poet ...

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William James Linton (1812–1897) by Sir Emery Walker © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Linton, William James (1812–1897), wood-engraver, polemicist, and poet, was born on 7 December 1812 in Ireland's Row at Mile End in London, probably the second among four children of William Linton, a provision broker in the London docks, and his second wife, Mary (...

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Marsden, Richard (1802/3–1858), weaver and Chartist, was born in humble circumstances in or near Manchester in 1802 or 1803. Nothing is known about his early life, but he was a hand-loom weaver by trade. He left Manchester in search of work during the slump of 1829 and settled with his family in the weaving township of ...

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Mealmaker, George (1768–1808), weaver and radical, was born on 10 February 1768, the son of John Mealmaker, weaver, of the Seagate, Dundee, and Alison Auchinleck. Of Mealmaker's early life and education there is no direct information. Similarly, it is possible only to speculate about the sources of his political radicalism. A description of him from 1793 as 'a common unlettered weaver' reflects more the patronizing assumptions of the writer than reality. ...

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Moorhead, Ethel Agnes Mary (1869–1955), suffragette and painter, was born on 28 August 1869 at Fisher Street, Maidstone, Kent, one of six children of George Alexander Moorhead (d. 1911/12), an army surgeon of Irish extraction, and his wife, Margaret Humphries (1833–1902), an Irishwoman of French Huguenot extraction. She spent a peripatetic childhood in ...

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Pilling, Richard (1799–1874), hand-loom weaver and Chartist, was born on 15 December 1799 in Bolton, Lancashire, the son of a cotton weaver. He started work around ten years of age during the boom of the French wars. He was then, he claimed, able to earn ...

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Rushton, Benjamin (1785–1853), hand-loom weaver and radical agitator, was born at Dewsbury in Yorkshire, but later moved to Halifax, where he found employment as a fancy-worsted weaver, residing at Friendly Fold in the village of Ovenden. He married Mary Helliwell (b. 1786)...

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Smyth, Sir Robert, fifth baronet (1744–1802), patron of the arts and radical, was born on 10 January 1744 at Berechurch Hall, Essex, the son of the Revd Robert Smyth, vicar of Woolavington, Sussex, and his wife, Dorothy Lloyd. He was educated at Westminster School...

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Wallis, William (fl. 1824–1830), silk weaver and radical leader, is a figure about whom little is known except his involvement in radical artisan politics in Spitalfields in London. He was not by origin from Spitalfields but by the mid-1820s was a leading figure in the campaigns and organizations of the silk weavers there....

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