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Booth, Eva Selina Gore- (1870–1926), suffragist and poet, was born on 22 May 1870 at Lissadell, co. Sligo, Ireland, the second of three daughters and the third of the five children of Sir Henry William Gore-Booth, fifth baronet (1843–1900), Anglo-Irish landlord and Arctic...

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C. W. Sutton

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Collins, Samuel (1802–1878), poet and radical, born on 1 December 1802 at Hollinwood, near Manchester, was the son of a hand-loom weaver. He began his working life while still very young and before he had any education beyond basic literacy. While still in his teens he became an ardent follower of ...

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Drennan, William (1754–1820), physician, poet, and political reformer, was born in Belfast on 23 May 1754, the child of the Revd Thomas Drennan (1696–1768) and his wife, Anne, née Lennox (1719–1806). Of Thomas Drennan, the minister of Belfast's First Presbyterian Congregation...

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Jones, William [pseud. Gwilym Cadfan] (bap. 1726, d. 1795), poet and radical, was baptized on 18 June 1726 at Llangadfan parish church, Montgomeryshire, the youngest of three sons born to William Siôn Dafydd (1666–1758), a farmer and stagecoach guard, and his second wife, ...

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William James Linton (1812–1897) by Sir Emery Walker © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Linton, William James (1812–1897), wood-engraver, polemicist, and poet, was born on 7 December 1812 in Ireland's Row at Mile End in London, probably the second among four children of William Linton, a provision broker in the London docks, and his second wife, Mary (...

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Orr, James [called the Bard of Ballycarry] (1770–1816), radical and poet, born in the parish of Templecorran, co. Antrim, was the only child of James Orr, a linen weaver, who also farmed a few acres of land near Ballycarry. The family, like most of its neighbours, was of Scots descent and Presbyterian. The younger ...

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Walter Lewin

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Peacock, John Macleay (1817–1877), poet and Chartist, was born on 21 or 31 March 1817 at Kincardine, Perthshire, the seventh of eight children of William Peacock, seaman (his mother is unrecorded). While his family was young Peacock's father was lost at sea, and the struggle for existence became severe. No formal education is recorded, and ...