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Bryan, Dora [née Dora May Broadbent; married name Lawton] (1923–2014), actress, was born on 7 February 1923 in Mill Lane, Parbold, Lancashire, the second child and first daughter of Albert Broadbent, a cotton yarn salesman and former private in the 5th North Lancashire regiment...

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Dagnall, Charles (d. 1774?), colliery owner and ivory comb maker, is a figure about whom biographical details are sparse. He lived at Eccleston on the edge of what became the industrial town of St Helens in Lancashire. Many people with the name of ...

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Dommett, Roy Leonard (1933–2015), missile scientist, was born on 25 June 1933 at 30 Wharncliffe Road, Itchen, Southampton, the son of Leonard Frank Dommett (1907–1996), a painter and decorator, and his wife Rose Eveline, née Diaper (1909–2006), both from the ...

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Emmott [née Lees], (Mary) Gertrude, Lady Emmott (1866–1954), women’s rights campaigner and social reformer, was born at Waterhead Mill, Oldham, Lancashire, on 28 April 1866, the daughter of John William Lees (1830–1870), a master cotton spinner, and his wife ...

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Evans, Meredydd (Merȇd) (1919–2015), writer, broadcaster, and political activist, was born on 9 December 1919 at Top Pentre, Llanegryn, Merioneth, the youngest of eleven children of Richard Evans, motor driver, later quarryman, and his wife Charlotte, née Pugh. His Christian name was given on his birth certificate as ...

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Le Marchand, David (1674–1726), ivory carver, was born on 12 October 1674 in Dieppe, the son of Guillaume le Marchand, a painter and possibly also a carver of ivory, and his wife, Madeleine Levasseur, who married in 1658. After the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685 ...

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Lewis, Joseph (fl. 1750–1774), poet and ivory-turner, was born of untraced parentage, at an unknown date, possibly in Wales. By 1750 he was already living in London, but lines he wrote in praise of Sir John Philipps suggest that he may have spent his childhood in the neighbourhood of the ...

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Osborn, John (c. 1580–c. 1634), worker in pressed horn and whalebone, was born in Worcestershire, where he appears to have been engaged in making cases, sheaths, or small boxes in horn and other material. About 1600 he emigrated to the Netherlands, possibly for religious reasons, and settled at ...

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Porter, Sir Robert Wilson (1923–2014), politician and judge, was born at 97 Creggan Road, Derry, on 23 December 1923, the youngest of eleven children of Joseph Wilson Porter, joiner, and his wife, Letitia Mary, née Wasson. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Beezer’ or ‘...

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Lady Teresa Sampsonia Sherley (c. 1589–1668), by British School, 1624-1627

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Stardust, Alvin [real name Bernard William Jewry; other stage name, Shane Fenton] (1942–2014), singer and guitarist, was born on 27 September 1942 at Prenton nursing home, East End Road, Finchley, London, the son of William Richard (Bill) Jewry (1909–1967), drapery salesman, and his wife ...

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Tonks (married name Lightband), Rosemary Desmond Boswell (1928–2014), poet and novelist, was born on 17 October 1928 at Larkfield, Junction Road, Gillingham, Kent, the only daughter of Desmond Arthur Boswell Tonks (1893–1928), mechanical engineer, and his wife Gwendoline Mabel, ...