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Blyth, Phoebe (1816–1898), educationist and philanthropist, was born at Gray Street, Newington, in Edinburgh, on 5 April 1816, the daughter of Robert Brittain Blyth, a metal merchant, and his wife, Barbara Cooper. Phoebe had a brother, the Revd Robert Blyth, who was an ardent supporter of Scottish sabbath schools. The family were active members of the ...

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Foster, Vere Henry Louis (1819–1900), philanthropist and educationist, was born in Copenhagen on 26 April 1819, the third son of Sir Augustus John Foster, first baronet (1780–1848), then British minister to Denmark, and his wife, Albinia Jane (d. 1867), daughter of George Vere Hobart...

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Houldsworth, Margaret Marshall (1839–1909), educationist and philanthropist, was born in Manchester on 14 September 1839, only daughter of Henry Houldsworth (1797–1868), a cotton manufacturer, of Coltness and his second wife, Marianne (d. 1865), daughter of James Burt from Chorlton, near Manchester. Her grandfather, also named ...

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Margaret Marshall Houldsworth (1839–1909) by unknown photographer from St George's School for Girls, Edinburgh, Archive

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Schwabe, Julie (1818–1896), philanthropist and educationist, was born at Bremen on 31 January 1818, daughter of the Jewish merchant Gottschalk Herz Schwabe, and was educated at Hamburg and Leipzig. She was originally named Ricke Rosetta Schwabe; by the time of her marriage she had the name ...

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Flora Clift Stevenson (1839–1905) by Alexander Roche, c. 1904 © Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Stevenson, Flora Clift (1839–1905), philanthropist and educationist, was born at West George Street, Glasgow, on 30 October 1839, the youngest of the numerous children of James Stevenson (1786–1866), a managing partner of the Jarrow Chemical Company, and his wife, Jane Stewart Shannan. The architect ...