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Brown, Dame Edith Mary (1864–1956), medical missionary and founder of the North India School of Medicine for Christian Women, was born on 24 March 1864 at Bank Buildings, 10A Coats Lane, Whitehaven, Cumberland. One of six children, she was the second of three daughters born to ...

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Ekarte, George Daniel [known as Daniels Ekarte] (1896/7–1964), minister and community worker, was born in west Africa, possibly in the Calabar region of Nigeria. His early years were spent at mission stations run by Free Church of Scotland missionaries. Impressed by what he had heard of the glories of the ‘mother country’, he obtained a seaman's certificate (which named him simply ...

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Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell (1865–1940) by Walter Stoneman, 1928 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Grenfell, Sir Wilfred Thomason (1865–1940), medical missionary and social reformer, was born at Parkgate, Cheshire, on 28 February 1865, the second of the four sons of the Revd Algernon Sidney Grenfell (1836–1887), headmaster and proprietor of Mostyn House School, Parkgate, and later chaplain of the ...

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Holmes, Thomas (1846–1918), police-court missionary and philanthropist, was born on 25 January 1846 at the small village of Pelsall, near Walsall, Staffordshire, the son of William Holmes, an iron-moulder, and his wife, Cecilia, the daughter of Thomas Withington. At the age of twelve ...

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Hopkins, Charles Plomer (1861–1922), founder of missions to seamen and trade unionist, was born on 7 March 1861 in Brewster, Massachusetts, USA, the son of an American master mariner employed for many years as a river pilot in Burma, and an English mother, ...

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King, Gertrude May (1867–1954), social worker and missionary, was born in Great Barton, Suffolk, on the Lanchester estate of her mother's family, on 5 May 1867. She was the youngest daughter of the ten children born to William Norman King (d. 1914)...

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William Knibb (1803–1845) by George Baxter, 1847 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Knibb, William (1803–1845), missionary and abolitionist, was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, on 7 September 1803; one of twins, he was the fifth of eight children of Thomas Knibb, a tailor who subsequently became bankrupt, and Mary, née Dexter. William attended the Kettering Free School...

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Langridge, Edith [known as Mother Edith] (1864–1959), settlement worker and missionary in India, was born at 36 Marlborough Hill, Marylebone, London, on 21 March 1864, the first daughter and second of seven children (four girls and three boys) of Henry Langridge, a merchant, and his wife, ...

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Massie, James William (1799–1869), missionary and abolitionist, born in Ireland, was taught by Dr David Bogue, presumably at the missionary college at Gosport, Hampshire, and began his independent ministry as a missionary to India, where he lived and worked from 1822 until 1839. His ...

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Mather, Ebenezer Joseph (1849–1927), founder of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, was born on 12 June 1849 at Foregate Street, Stafford, the son of Henry Penkett Mather (c.1805–1886), a shoe manufacturer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Douthwaite. Although raised a member of the ...

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Murdoch, John (1819–1904), missionary and book agent, was born in Glasgow on 22 July 1819, the third, but eldest surviving, child in the family of ten sons and two daughters of John Murdoch and his wife, Margaret Smith. The family were members of the ...

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Paton, Catherine Forrester- (1855–1914), philanthropist and a founder of women's missionary training in Scotland, was born on 1 June 1855 at Claremont Bank, Alloa; she was the second child and only daughter of Alexander Forrester (1823–1883), merchant and woollen manufacturer, and his wife, ...

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Waller, Horace (1833–1896), missionary and slavery abolitionist, was born in Tavistock Square, London, on 16 February 1833, the first son of six children of John Waller (c.1791–1865), stockbroker, and his wife, Mary Ann. He had three brothers and two sisters. From 1840 to May 1846 he attended ...