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College [Colledge], Stephen (c. 1635–1681), poet and political activist, was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, where he married and began a family. Neither the names of his parents, nor that of his wife (who probably predeceased him), are as yet known. He saw military service during the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665–7), when he also became acquainted with another antic poet of the Restoration, ...

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(Rupert) John Cornford (1915–1936) by Ramsey & Muspratt, 1934 [with Ray Peters] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cornford, (Rupert) John (1915–1936), poet and political activist, was born in Cambridge on 27 December 1915, the eldest son and second of the five children (three sons and two daughters) of Francis Macdonald Cornford (1874–1943), professor of ancient philosophy at Cambridge University, and his wife, ...

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Nancy Clara Cunard (1896–1965) by Sir Cecil Beaton, late 1920s © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cunard, Nancy Clara (1896–1965), poet and political activist, was born at Nevill Holt in Leicestershire on 10 March 1896, the only child of Sir Bache Cunard, third baronet (1851–1925), grandson of the founder of the Cunard steamship line, and the American heiress Maud Alice (later known as Emerald) Burke (1872–1948)...

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Thomas Evan Nicholas (1879–1971) by unknown photographer by courtesy of the National Library of Wales

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Nicholas, Thomas Evan [known as Niclas y Glais] (1879–1971), poet and political activist, was born on 6 October 1879 at Y Llety, a smallholding in the parish of Llanfyrnach, Pembrokeshire, one of the five children of David (Dafydd) Nicholas (1844–1928), a farmer, and his wife, ...