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Backhouse, Margaret Ann (1887–1977), educationist and humanitarian activist, was born at The Grange, Hurworth, near Darlington, co. Durham, on 4 May 1887, the youngest but one of ten children of James Edward Backhouse (1845–1897) and his wife, Elizabeth Barclay Fowler (1849–1911). Her father was a partner in ...

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Watts, John (1818–1887), educationist and social reformer, was born at Coventry, on 24 March 1818, one of twelve children of James Watts, ribbon weaver. When five years old, scarlet fever left him partially paralysed. He was educated largely at Holy Trinity church school...