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George Dawson (1821–1876) by Henry John Whitlock © National Portrait Gallery, London


Dawson, George (1821–1876), preacher and political activist, was born at 36 Hunter Street, London, on 24 February 1821, the son of a radical Baptist schoolmaster, Jonathan Dawson, and his wife, Rachel Biggs. He was educated, and later became a pupil teacher and then classics master, at his father's school, where for a time ...


Speke [née Pye], Mary (fl. 1641–1697), nonconformist patron and political activist, was the eldest daughter of Sir Robert Pye (bap. 1585, d. 1662) of Faringdon, Berkshire, and his wife, Mary Croker. She may be the Mary Pye who was baptized at Richmond, Surrey...