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Enid Margaret Appiah (1921–2006) by Terry Fincher, 1955 Getty Images

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Appiah [née Cripps], Enid Margaret [Peggy] (1921–2006), anthologist and charity worker, was born on 21 May 1921 at Filkins, Gloucestershire, the youngest child in the family of three daughters and one son of Sir (Richard) Stafford Cripps (1889–1952), barrister and politician, and his wife, ...

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Mary Louisa Armitt (1851–1911) by Sophia Armitt The Armitt Trust Collection

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Armitt, Mary Louisa (1851–1911), author and founder of the Armitt Library, Ambleside, was born at 19 Melbourne Terrace, Salford, Lancashire, on 24 September 1851. She was the youngest of three daughters of William Armitt (1815–1867), an impecunious assistant overseer who valued learning, and his wife, ...

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(Francis) David Langhorne Astor (1912–2001) by David Rubinger, 1964 [centre, with Observer staff] Getty Images

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Astor, (Francis) David Langhorne (1912–2001), newspaper editor and philanthropist, was born on 5 March 1912 at 4 St James's Square, London, the second of four sons and third of five children of Waldorf Astor, second Viscount Astor (1879–1952), and his wife, Nancy Witcher, ...

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Boyd, Sir Thomas Jamieson (1818–1902), publisher and philanthropist, was born on 22 February 1818 at 16 Charlotte Street, Leith, the eldest of three sons of John Boyd, corn merchant, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Thomas Jamieson. John Boyd's brother George Boyd was a partner with ...

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Brame [née Law], Charlotte Mary (1836–1884), novelist and benefactor, was born on 1 November 1836, at Rosary House, 35 Castle Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire, the eldest of the nine children of Benjamin Law (1814–1859), superintendent registrar and clerk to the Poor Law Union...

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Buchan [née Grosvenor], Susan Charlotte, Lady Tweedsmuir (1882–1977), author and voluntary worker, was born at 55 Green Street, Mayfair, London, on 20 April 1882, the eldest of two daughters of Norman de l’Aigle Grosvenor (1845–1898), and his wife, Caroline Susan Theodora ...

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Susan Buchan (1882–1977), by Yousuf Karsh, 1937

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Carnegie [née Scott], Susan (1743–1821), writer and benefactor, was born on 7 August 1743 in Edinburgh, the daughter of David Scott of Benholm (1700–1768), director and treasurer of the Bank of Scotland, and Mary Brown (1712–1794). She was tutored at home and gained a wide and deep knowledge of French and Italian literature and of philosophy, a proficiency in drawing (which she was taught by a relative ...

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Sir (William) Emsley Carr (1867–1941) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carr, Sir (William) Emsley (1867–1941), newspaper proprietor and philanthropist, was born on 1 May 1867 at 9 Hunslet Road, Hunslet, Leeds, Yorkshire, the eldest son of Thomas Hay Carr (1842–1927), a cloth manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah Jane Emsley (d. 1905). Educated in his native city, he became a journalist when summoned to ...

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Chesterton [née Jones], Ada Elizabeth (1869–1962), journalist and philanthropist, was born at Oxford House, Thurlow Park Road, Dulwich, London, on 30 June 1869 (her name was registered as Ada Eliza), the daughter of Frederick John Jones, a manufacturer of braces, and his wife, ...

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Donaldson, James (1751–1830), newspaper editor and philanthropist, was born on 3 December 1751 at 7 West Bow, Edinburgh, and baptized the same day. He was the eldest son of Alexander Donaldson (bap. 1727, d. 1794), an Edinburgh bookseller, and his wife, Ann, née...

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John Passmore Edwards (1823–1911) by George Frederic Watts, 1894 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edwards, John Passmore (1823–1911), newspaper proprietor and philanthropist, born on 24 March 1823, at Blackwater, near Truro, Cornwall, was the second of the four sons of William Edwards and his wife, Susan Passmore. Edwards received a rudimentary education at his village school before leaving in 1835 to help his father with his various jobs as carpenter, brewer, publican, and nurseryman. He continued his studies after work, teaching himself from the cheap books he was able to buy. These endeavours were rewarded when, in 1843, he was employed as a clerk by a ...

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Ellerman, (Annie) Winifred [pseud. Bryher] (1894–1983), writer and philanthropist, was born fifteen years before her parents' marriage, on 2 September 1894 at Norfolk Villa, Harold Road, Margate, the elder child (by fifteen years) and only daughter of John Reeves Ellerman, later first baronet...

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Dorothy Payne Elmhirst (1887–1968) by unknown photographer, 1930s The Dartington Hall Trust Archive