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Barrie [formerly Barry], Michael Maltman (1842–1909), journalist and tory-Marxist, was born in Glasgow, the son of Edward Barry, a shoemaker. Little is known of his early life except that he was educated at Glasgow grammar school. In 1864 he moved to London...

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Baume, Pierre Henri Joseph (1797–1875), radical activist and eccentric, was born at Marseilles on 17 October 1797, the son of Henri Joseph Baume (1770–1831) and Marie Claire Antoinette Merlat (1780–1837). His parents ran a wig-making shop and were inclined both to anti-clericalism and adultery. When he was still young his father moved to ...

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Beaumont, Augustus Hardin (1798–1838), journalist and Chartist, was born in New York on 29 August 1798, the second of three sons of Arthur Chichester Beaumont (d. 1806/7), who had been on the medical staff of the British army during the American War of Independence. His mother, whose name was ...

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Clementina Maria Black (1853–1922) by unknown photographer, pubd 1912 The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University

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Black, Clementina Maria (1853–1922), political activist, suffragist, and writer, was born on 27 July 1853 in Brighton, the eldest girl in the family of five daughters and three sons of David Black, solicitor, town clerk, and coroner of Brighton, and his wife, Clara Maria (1825–1875)...

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Dame Kathleen D'Olier Courtney (1878–1974) by Godfrey Argent, 1970 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Courtney, Dame Kathleen D'Olier (1878–1974), suffragist and peace campaigner, was born on 11 March 1878 at 1 York Terrace, Gillingham, Kent, the youngest of five daughters and fifth of seven children of Lieutenant (later Major) David Charles Courtney (1845–1909) of the Royal Engineers...

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Craigen, Jessie Hannah (1834/5–1899), public speaker, was the daughter of a Scottish sea captain and an Italian actress, names unknown. Though she once remarked that her childhood was spent in London, she also variously claimed roots in Scotland and the north of England...

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Garland, Alison Vickers (1862–1939), suffragist and political activist, was born on 10 April 1862 at 1 Village Road, Oxton, Cheshire, the daughter of Alfred Stephen Garland, master silversmith, and his wife, Isabella, née Priestley. She combined suffragism with an active role in Liberal politics, and lectured on subjects as diverse as bimetallism and infant welfare. It was as a Liberal that she spoke in ...

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Hanson (née Fell), Elizabeth (1797/8–1886), anti-poor law campaigner and Chartist, was born in Elland, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, a small woollen textile industry town where she appears to have spent most of her life. On 11 February 1823...

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Jordan, (John) Colin Campbell (1923–2009), political activist, was born on 19 June 1923 at the Norlands maternity home, Sutton Road, Erdington, Birmingham, the son of Percy Jordan, schoolteacher, and subsequently university tutor, and his wife, Bertha, née Beecham. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Kortright, Frances Isabella Staveley Berkeley Wood [pseud. Fanny Aikin Kortright] (1821–1900), author and anti-suffragist, was born in Harper Street, Kent Road, London, on 28 January 1821, the seventeenth and youngest child of Nicholas Berkeley (or Berkley) Kortright (1769–1840) and his wife, Elizabeth, ...

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MacPherson, Hector Carsewell (1851–1924), journalist and political campaigner, was born in Glasgow on 16 October 1851, the son of Archibald MacPherson (1830–1900), who worked in a warehouse in the city and later became a newspaper advertising manager, and his wife, Margaret, née Ferguson (1833/4–1852)...

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Marshall, Catherine Elizabeth (1880–1961), suffragist and internationalist, was born on 29 April 1880 at Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, the elder of two children of Francis E. Marshall (1847–1922), mathematics master at Harrow School, and his wife, Caroline, née Colbeck (d. 1927)...

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McAdam, John (1806–1883), reformer and campaigner for Italian unity, was born on 5 August 1806 at Port Dundas, Glasgow, the second son of James (or Thomas) McAdam (d. c.1821), carter, and his wife, Helen Baxter, both originally from rural Stirlingshire. His education, partly in an overcrowded school in ...

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Pott, Gladys Sydney (1867–1961), anti-suffragist and civil servant, was the only daughter of the Venerable Alfred Pott (1822–1908), archdeacon of Berkshire, and his wife, Emily Harriet, née Gibbs (d. 1903). She had a private education and never married. One acquaintance, Helen Moyes...

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Rackham [née Tabor], Clara Dorothea (1875–1966), suffragist and political activist, was born at 44 Lansdowne Road, Notting Hill, London, on 3 December 1875, the fifth and youngest child and second daughter of Henry Samuel Tabor, a nervous, pessimistic, and shy member of a Congregationalist and public-spirited farming family long settled in the ...

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Mary Raleigh Richardson (1882/33–1961) by unknown photographer, c. 1915 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richardson, Mary Raleigh (1882/3–1961), suffragette and political activist, though apparently born in Britain, was brought up by her Canadian mother in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, and her grandfather who was the local bank manager. She returned to Britain when she was sixteen, studying art and travelling to ...