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Thomas John Barnardo (1845–1905) by Stepney Causeway Studios, in or before 1905 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barnardo, Thomas John (1845–1905), philanthropist and founder of Dr Barnardo's Homes, was born on 4 July 1845 at 4 Dame Street, Dublin, the fourth of five children of John Michaelis Barnardo (1800–1874), a Prussian subject and furrier, and his second wife, Abigail, daughter of ...

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Fox, William (1736–1826), founder of the Sunday School Society, was born at Clapton, Gloucestershire, on 14 February 1736, the youngest of the eight children of a tenant farmer on the Clapton Manor estate (d. 1738/9) previously identified as J. or James Fox...

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William Fox (1736–1826) by Samuel Freeman, pubd 1827 © reserved

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Pierce Charles de Lacy O'Mahony (1850–1930) by unknown photographer, 1930 Iva Pocock

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O'Mahony [formerly Mahony], Pierce Charles de Lacy (1850–1930), politician and philanthropist, was born in Dublin to a Church of Ireland family on 9 June 1850, the second surviving son of Peirce Kenifeck Mahony (1817–1850), a landlord and barrister, of Kilmorna, co. Kerry...

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Wallis [née McCall], Janet Sophia (1858–1928), philanthropist and founder of the Mission of Hope, was born in Wood Street, Walthamstow, on 13 June 1858, the only daughter of John McCall, a provision merchant, and his wife, Agnes Allen. Little is known of her early life, but spiritual matters seemed to have weighed heavily on her as a child. According to her daughter, she was saved at the age of twelve and teased by her brothers who called her '...

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Williams, Nigel Prichard (1955–2006), charity worker and children's commissioner, was born on 21 January 1955 at Highfield Maternity Home, Barnstaple, Devon, the son of Idwal Prichard Williams, a valuer for the Inland Revenue, and his wife, Phyllis Irene, née Ley. When he was very young the family moved to ...