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Balfour, Honor Catherine Mary (1912–2001), politician and journalist, was born on 4 August 1912 at 70 Pemberton Road, West Derby, Liverpool, the daughter of Robert Balfour, a foreign agent's managing clerk, and his wife, Sara Ellen, née Jenkins. Her father came from a family of Scottish seafarers and was unrelated to the political family bearing the same name. He served in the army during the First World War and was killed in ...

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Dare, Thomas (d. 1685), political activist and rebel, was the son of a civil war cavalier and a goldsmith by occupation. He sat on Taunton's common council following the grant of a new charter to the town in 1677 (the corporation had fallen into abeyance in 1662 following the old members' refusal to comply with the ...

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William Gallacher (1881–1965) by Howard Coster, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gallacher, William (1881–1965), political activist and politician, was born on 25 December 1881 at 39 Back Sneddon Street in the Irish ghetto of Sneddon, Paisley, the eighth-born child of Scottish parents, John Gallacher (c.1839–1889), a labourer and formerly a soldier, and his wife, ...

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John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow (1821–1911) by E. Braconnier © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ludlow, John Malcolm Forbes (1821–1911), lawyer and social activist, was born in Neemuch, India, on 8 March 1821, the youngest in the family of two sons and three daughters of Lieutenant-Colonel John Ludlow of the East India Company, and his wife, Maria Jane...

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Meysenbug, Baroness Malwida Rivalier von (1816–1903), writer and exile, was born Malwida Rivalier in Kassel, the capital of Hesse, on 28 October 1816, the daughter of Carl Philipp Rivalier (1779–1847), a courtier of Elector Wilhelm I of Hesse, created Baron von Meysenbug by ...

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Oswald, Eugene (1826–1912), teacher and writer, was born in Heidelberg on 16 October 1826, the youngest of the five children of Carl August Oswald, a publisher in Heidelberg, and his wife, Christiana Augusta Brédé, who was of Huguenot descent. Though of a scholarly bent, ...

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Paleotti, Massimo [Max William] Salvadori- (1908–1992), anti-fascist activist, was born Max William Salvadori-Paleotti on 16 June 1908 at 75 Harvard Court, Honeybourne Road, London, the only son and second of the three children of Count Guglielmo Giacomo Vittorio Salvadori-Paleotti (1879–1953), philosopher, and his wife, ...

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Spence, Augustus Andrew [Gusty] (1933–2011), paramilitary leader and politician, was born on 28 June 1933 at 66 Joseph Street in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, the sixth of seven children of William Edward (Ned) Spence, a labourer and former soldier, and his wife, ...