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Ada Benson (1840–1882) by unknown artist from the archives of Bedford High School; reproduced with permission

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Benson [married name McDowall], Ada (1840–1882), headmistress and educationist, was born on 27 November 1840 at Winson Green, Birmingham, sixth of the eight children of Edward White Benson (1800–1843), chemical manufacturer, and his wife, Harriet (née Baker). Their mother's death in 1850 left the six surviving orphans unprovided for, and they were separated into the care of friends and relatives; ...

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Conway, Essie Ruth (1862–1934), headmistress and educationist, was born on 24 September 1862 at Upper Swinford, Worcestershire, the second of the four daughters of Thomas Conway (1832/3–1913), a railway clerk and later a corn merchant's clerk, and his wife, Catherine Colvin (1835–1900). Educated at ...

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Forsyth, David (1844–1934), headmaster and educationist, was born in October 1844 at Coatbridge, Glasgow, the son of David Forsyth, a master engineer, and his wife, Agnes Laidlaw. He began his teaching career at the age of thirteen as a pupil teacher in Ayrshire...

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Gilpin [married name Sadler], Eva Margaret (1868–1940), headmistress and educationist, was born on 25 March 1868, at Nottingham, the second daughter of Edmund Octavius Gilpin, a stockbroker, and his wife, Margaret, née Binns. Her parents, who were Quakers, could claim some distinguished forebears: three clergy, two artists, an MP, a diplomat, and a headmaster of ...

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Robertson, Margaret Ethel (1861–1943), headmistress and educationist, was born on 7 February 1861 at Dawlish, Devon, the third daughter of George Samuel Robertson (1825–1874). She was privately educated before attending Newnham College, Cambridge, where in 1889 she achieved a class one in the medieval and modern languages tripos. She attended the training department of the ...

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Whitelaw, Annie Watt (1875–1966), headmistress and educationist, was born on 17 August 1875 at 37 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, one of the twelve children of George Whitelaw (c.1837–1888), accountant and treasurer of the synod of the United Presbyterian church, and his wife, ...