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Ainslie, Charlotte Edith (1863–1960), headmistress and educationist, was born at Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, on 15 February 1863, the second daughter of William Ainslie, a pharmaceutical chemist, and his wife, Mary Ann Wood. She attended the Merchant Company's endowed George Watson's Ladies' College, Edinburgh...

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Ada Benson (1840–1882) by unknown artist from the archives of Bedford High School; reproduced with permission

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Benson [married name McDowall], Ada (1840–1882), headmistress and educationist, was born on 27 November 1840 at Winson Green, Birmingham, sixth of the eight children of Edward White Benson (1800–1843), chemical manufacturer, and his wife, Harriet (née Baker). Their mother's death in 1850 left the six surviving orphans unprovided for, and they were separated into the care of friends and relatives; ...

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Chapman, George (1723–1806), schoolmaster and educationist, was born at Little Blacktown in the parish of Alvah, Banffshire, on 15 August 1723, the son of George Chapman, farmer, and Helen Stewart. He was educated at the parish school and at the grammar school of ...

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Clegg, Sir Alexander Bradshaw [Alec] (1909–1986), schoolteacher and educationist, was born on 13 June 1909 in Sawley, Derbyshire, the only son and youngest of five children of Samuel Clegg, headmaster of Long Eaton Grammar School, and his wife, Mary Bradshaw. Alec, as he was known, attended his father's school before going on to the Quaker ...

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Conway, Essie Ruth (1862–1934), headmistress and educationist, was born on 24 September 1862 at Upper Swinford, Worcestershire, the second of the four daughters of Thomas Conway (1832/3–1913), a railway clerk and later a corn merchant's clerk, and his wife, Catherine Colvin (1835–1900). Educated at ...

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Cook, Henry Caldwell (1886–1939), schoolteacher and educationist, was born on 20 May 1886 at 1 The Elms, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, the fourth son of William Cook, merchant, and his wife, Jessie Euphrasia (formerly Caldwell). His father had considerable business interests in Argentina, and following the family's move to ...

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Forsyth, David (1844–1934), headmaster and educationist, was born in October 1844 at Coatbridge, Glasgow, the son of David Forsyth, a master engineer, and his wife, Agnes Laidlaw. He began his teaching career at the age of thirteen as a pupil teacher in Ayrshire...

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Gavin, Ethel (1866–1918), educationist and headmistress, was born on 2 April 1866, at Elgin, Moray, the elder daughter of John Gavin, coffee planter of Craigellachie, Banffshire, Kandy, Ceylon, and Wester Elchies near Elgin, and Mary Isabella Macandrew. She was educated at a private school in ...

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Gilpin [married name Sadler], Eva Margaret (1868–1940), headmistress and educationist, was born on 25 March 1868, at Nottingham, the second daughter of Edmund Octavius Gilpin, a stockbroker, and his wife, Margaret, née Binns. Her parents, who were Quakers, could claim some distinguished forebears: three clergy, two artists, an MP, a diplomat, and a headmaster of ...

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Graham, William (1800–1886), schoolmaster and educationist, was born at Dunkeld, Perthshire, on 7 October 1800 to Alexander Graham (c.1774–1833), teacher, and his wife, Margaret Bell, apparently their only child. Alexander Graham moved to Perth to open a Latin academy, and there ...

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Johnson [Finlay-Johnson; married name Weller], Harriet (1871–1956), schoolteacher and educationist, was born at 9 Elizabeth Terrace, Hampstead, London, on 12 March 1871, the daughter of Thomas Conolly Johnson, house painter, and his wife, Jane Anne Fitz Patrick. She and her sister Emily entered teaching, possibly owing to financial pressure following the accidental death of her father. She qualified as a teacher through private study rather than through apprenticeship or college training, passed her certificate examinations in 1892, and received her certificate in 1894. She was employed for eight years at ...

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MacMunn, Norman (1877–1925), schoolmaster and educationist, was born on 20 July 1877 at Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, the third son of Charles Alexander MacMunn (1852–1911), a surgeon and later honorary pathologist at Wolverhampton Royal Hospital, and his first wife, Laetitia (née MacMunn). His education from 1882 at a dame-school in ...

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Marland, (Peter) Michael (1934–2008), headteacher and educationist, was born at 2 Nightingale Lane, Clapham, London, on 28 December 1934, the only child of James Albert (Bert) Marland (1904–1976), professional pianist, and his wife, Margaret Veronica, née Conley (1904–1972). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Martin, Hugh (1890–1964), ecumenical student leader and publisher, was born on 7 April 1890 in Glasgow, the son of the Revd Thomas Henry Martin, minister of the Adelaide Place Baptist Church, Glasgow, for thirty years and his wife, Clara Thorpe. His early initiation into the spirit of the ecumenical movement came in 1910 when he was a 'student observer' at the World Missionary Conference in ...

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Robertson, Margaret Ethel (1861–1943), headmistress and educationist, was born on 7 February 1861 at Dawlish, Devon, the third daughter of George Samuel Robertson (1825–1874). She was privately educated before attending Newnham College, Cambridge, where in 1889 she achieved a class one in the medieval and modern languages tripos. She attended the training department of the ...

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Whitelaw, Annie Watt (1875–1966), headmistress and educationist, was born on 17 August 1875 at 37 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, one of the twelve children of George Whitelaw (c.1837–1888), accountant and treasurer of the synod of the United Presbyterian church, and his wife, ...