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Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge (1932–2010) by Eamonn McCabe, 2002 © Eamonn McCabe

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Bainbridge, Dame Beryl Margaret (1932–2010), actress, writer, and artist, was born on 21 November 1932 at 294 Menlove Avenue, Allerton, Liverpool, the younger child of Richard Bainbridge, commercial agent, and his wife, Winifred, née Baines. Her father was a self-made man who left school at ten, established himself successfully in business, but then went bankrupt as a result of the 1929 financial crash. His wife, who considered that her husband had married above himself, was disappointed and embittered by the family's reduced circumstances, and the young ...

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Walford [née Colquhoun], Lucy Bethia (1845–1915), novelist and artist, was born on 17 April 1845 at 11 Brighton Crescent, Portobello, Edinburgh, the seventh child of Frances Sara Fuller Maitland (1813–1877), poet and hymn writer, and John Colquhoun (1805–1885) of Luss, Dunbartonshire, a sportsman, naturalist, author of ...

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Peggy Eileen Williams (1909–1958) by Peter North © Peter North; by permission of the National Library of Wales

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Williams [née Whistler], Peggy Eileen [pseud. Margiad Evans] (1909–1958), writer and artist, was born on 17 March 1909 at Rush Holt, Uxbridge, Middlesex, the second daughter of Godfrey James Whistler (1866–1936), an insurance clerk, and his wife, Katherine Isabel, née Wood (...

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Williams, Denis Joseph Ivan [Dennis] (1923–1998), artist, archaeologist, and novelist, was born on 1 February 1923 in Georgetown, British Guiana, the son of Joseph Alexander Williams, a merchant, and his wife, Isabella, née Adonis, a seamstress and amateur painter, and lady's maid to an expatriate wife. He was originally named ...