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Brook [née Brotherton], Mary (c. 1726–1782), writer, was born at Woodstock, Oxfordshire, the daughter of William and Mary Brotherton. The Quaker 'Testimonies' mentions that although her father was a member of the Church of England, Mary was raised a strict Presbyterian under the auspices of an aunt in ...

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Ellis [née Stickney], Sarah (1799–1872), writer and educationist, was born at Ridgmont, in Holderness, Yorkshire, the youngest of the five children of William Stickney (d. 1848), a Quaker farmer, and his wife, Esther, née Richardson (d. 1803). By his second wife, 'a lady from ...

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Housman, Laurence (1865–1959), writer and artist, was born on 18 July 1865 at Perry Hall, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. His father, Edward Housman (1831–1894), a solicitor practising in Bromsgrove, was emphatically tory. Housman's mother, Sarah Jane Williams (1828–1871), died when he was five years old, leaving her five sons (...

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Laurence Housman (1865–1959) by Howard Coster, 1937 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howitt [née Botham], Mary (1799–1888), writer and translator, was born on 12 March 1799 at Coleford, Gloucestershire, the second child of Samuel Botham (1758–1823), a land surveyor, and Anne Wood (1764–1848). She and her elder sister, Anna, were brought up in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire...

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William Howitt (1792–1879) after Thomas Frank Heaphy Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

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Howitt, William (1792–1879), writer, was born on 18 December 1792 in Heanor, Derbyshire, the fourth of seven sons of Thomas Howitt (b. 1763), a mine superintendent, and his wife, Phoebe, née Tantum, a herbalist. William and his brothers were reared as members of the ...

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Knight, Eric Mowbray [pseud. Richard Hallas] (1897–1943), author and journalist, was born on 10 April 1897 in Menston, near Leeds, the third of the four sons of Frederick Harrison Knight, a prosperous but profligate Quaker wholesale jeweller, and his wife, Hilda Marion Creasser (1876?–1919?)...

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Leadbeater [née Shackleton], Mary (1758–1826), author, was born on 1 December 1758 at Ballitore, co. Kildare, the second child of the three daughters and one son of Richard Shackleton (1726–1792) [see under Shackleton, Abraham (1696-1771)] and his second wife, Elizabeth Carleton (1726–1766)...

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Elizabeth MacLeod Walls

Lubbock, Percy (1879–1965), writer, was born on 4 June 1879 in London, the fourth child of Frederic Lubbock, merchant banker, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of John Gurney of Earlham Hall, Norfolk. Both lines of Lubbock's family produced distinguished citizens. On his mother's side was ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by Sarah Annes Brown

Massey, William (1691–1764?), writer and translator, born in January 1691 of Quaker parents, learned Latin, Greek, and French at a private grammar school kept by William Thompson at Nottingham, and afterwards took lessons in Hebrew from a clerk of the parish of St Gregory, Norwich...

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See Mollineux [née Southworth], Mary

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Pim, Herbert Moore (1883–1950), author and political activist, was born on 6 June 1883 at 4 Granville Villas, Belfast, the son of Robert Barclay Pim, secretary of the Friends Provident Insurance Company, and his wife, Caroline Moore. The Pims were one of Ireland's...

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Rathbone [née Reynolds], Hannah Mary (1798–1878), writer, was born into a Quaker family at Ketley, near Wellington, Shropshire, on 5 July 1798, the fourth of seven children of Joseph Reynolds (b. 1768, d. after 1857), an ironmaster, who had married his own master's niece ...

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Roberts, Mary (1788–1864), author, was born at Homerton, London, on 18 March 1788, the only daughter and third of four children of Daniel Roberts (1753–1811), America merchant in the London firm of Roberts, Oxley, and Hancock, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Jonah and Mary Thompson...

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Roberts, Thomas (1765/6–1841), author, was baptized at Llwyn'rhudol Uchaf in the parish of Aber-erch, near Pwllheli, Caernarvonshire, on 16 August 1767, the son of William Roberts (d. 1777/8), a lawyer, and Jane, his wife.

Thomas Roberts was well educated, but it is not known where, and the details of his youth are also unclear. He went to ...

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Elizabeth Lee

revised by K. D. Reynolds

Schimmelpenninck [née Galton], Mary Anne (1778–1856), author, was born in her grandfather's house in Steel House Lane, Birmingham, on 25 November 1778, the eldest child of Samuel Galton (1753–1832), gun maker, and his wife, Lucy Barclay (1757–1817). Both parents were members of the ...

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Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck (1778–1856) by Henry Adlard, pubd 1858 (after Fisher) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Serraillier, Ian Lucien (1912–1994), writer, schoolmaster, and editor of books for children, was born on 24 September 1912 at Kandar, Dawlish Road, London, the eldest son of Lucien Serraillier (1886–1919) and Mary Kirkland Rodger (1883–1940). His father was an engineering company manager of French descent who died in the 1919 influenza epidemic leaving four children under seven. ...

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Adrienne E. Gavin

Sewell, Anna (1820–1878), author, was born on 30 March 1820 at 26 Church Plain, Yarmouth, Norfolk, the elder of the two children of Isaac Sewell (1793–1878), draper, and his wife, Mary Sewell (1797–1884), writer, daughter of John Wright and his wife, Ann. Her parents were both from old ...