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Aggrey, James Emman Kwegyir (1875–1927), pastor and educationist, was born at Anomabu, Gold Coast, on 18 October 1875, the son of Kodwo Kwegyir Aggrey, a gold assayer and official at the court of the Fanti chiefdom of Anomabu, and his wife, Abena Andua...

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Ballard, Philip Boswood (1865–1950), educationist, was born on 13 February 1865 at Tŷ Gwyn, Maesteg, Glamorgan, the second of four children of Evan Ballard, grocer, draper, and later manager of a tinplate works, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Philip Cook, a local doctor. Between the ages of five and seventeen, he attended the local British elementary school in ...

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Charles, David (1812–1878), Calvinistic Methodist minister and educationist, was born on 23 July 1812 in Bala, the fourth in the family of three daughters and two sons of Thomas Rice Charles (d. 1819), a linen draper, and his wife, Maria, née Jones...

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Cousins, James Henry Sproull (1873–1956), writer and educationist, was born on 22 July 1873 at 29 Cavour Street, Belfast, the son of James Cousins (d. 1920), a sailor, and his wife, Susan Davis (d. 1915). His parents were both Wesleyan Methodists; his father retired from a sailing career to work for the ...

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Edwards, Sir Ifan ab Owen (1895–1970), educationist and founder of Urdd Gobaith Cymru, was born on 25 July 1895 at Tremaran, Llanuwchllyn, Merioneth, the second of the three children (the eldest died in infancy) of Sir Owen Morgan Edwards (1858–1920) and his wife, ...

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Edwards, Sir Owen Morgan (1858–1920), literary scholar and educationist, was born on 26 December 1858 at Coed y Pry, Llanuwchllyn, Merioneth. He was the eldest of four sons of Owen Edwards, a tenant farmer, and Elizabeth (Beti), née Jones, a farmer's daughter. The family's material circumstances were poor but the home, chapel, and community environments were rich in their literary and spiritual impact. ...

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Sir Owen Morgan Edwards (1858–1920) by Bassano, 1916 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edwards, Thomas Charles (1837–1900), theologian and educationist, was born at Llanycil, Bala, Merioneth, on 22 September 1837. He was the eldest son of Lewis Edwards, founder of Bala College, and through his mother he was related to Thomas Charles, organizer of the Sunday school movement in ...

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Thomas Charles Edwards (1837–1900) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Findlay, Joseph John (1860–1940), educationist, was born on 6 September 1860 at Wesley Place, Barton upon Humber, Lincolnshire, the younger son of James Findlay, a Wesleyan minister, and his wife, Mary (née Hare). He was educated at Kingswood School, Bath, at Wadham College, Oxford...

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Gulliford, Ronald (1920–1997), educationist, was born on 8 December 1920 in Manchester, the second son of Frederick George Gulliford, blacksmith, originally of Somerset mining stock, and his wife, Lily, née Latchem. When he was four years old his family moved to Gloucester, where his father worked in the railway workshops. His earliest influences came in part from his father, a radical-thinking autodidact, and from his Methodist upbringing. Together these gave him a deep concern for the sanctity and rights of the individual, which later deeply influenced his educational thinking. He attended ...

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Hayford, Adelaide Casely- [née Adelaide Smith] (1868–1960), educationist and author, was born in Gloucester Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone, on 2 June 1868. Her grandfather William Smith, a Yorkshireman, was employed in the Gold Coast, where he married a Fante noblewoman, and in 1825 moved to ...

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Horrabin, James Francis [Frank] (1884–1962), socialist educator and cartoonist, was born at 12 Cromwell Road, Peterborough, on 1 November 1884, the eldest son of James Woodhouse Horrabin (d. 1937), a commercial traveller and later cutler, from Sheffield, and his wife, Mary Pinney (...

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Jabavu, Davidson Don Tengo (1885–1959), educationist in South Africa, was born in King William's Town, Cape Colony, on 20 October 1885, the eldest child of John Tengo Jabavu (1859–1921), newspaper editor and politician, and his first wife, Elda Sakuba (1864–1900). Both parents belonged to the Mfengu (Fingo) ethnic group, refugees from early nineteenth-century wars to the north who had settled in the ...

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Johnstone, William (1897–1981), painter and art educationist, was born on 8 June 1897 at his parents' house above their butcher's shop in Main Street, Denholm, Roxburghshire, the only son and youngest of the three children of William Johnstone (1855–1938), farmer and butcher, and his wife, ...

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Dame (Elizabeth) Leah Manning (1886–1977) by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Manning [née Perrett], Dame (Elizabeth) Leah (1886–1977), educationist and politician, was born on 14 April 1886 at Burrish Street, Droitwich, the eldest of twelve children of Charles William Perrett and his wife, Harriet Margaret Tappin, both officers in the Salvation Army. Her mother had been a teacher and her father worked for a time in the family timber business. After her parents emigrated to ...

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Rigg, James Harrison (1821–1909), Wesleyan Methodist minister and educationist, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne on 16 January 1821, the second son and third child of John Rigg (1786–1857), a Wesleyan Methodist minister there, and his second wife, Anne (b. 1797), daughter of ...

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Roberts, Robert Davies (1851–1911), adult educationist, was born at Aberystwyth on 5 March 1851, the eldest child of Richard Davies Roberts, a timber merchant and shipowner, and his wife, Sara Davies. His background was strictly Calvinistic Methodist. He received his early education in ...

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Ryerson, (Adolphus) Egerton (1803–1882), educationist and Methodist minister in Canada, was born at Charlotteville township, Norfolk county, Upper Canada, on 24 March 1803, the fifth son of Colonel Joseph Ryerson (1761–1854) and his wife, Mehetabel Stickney (1766–1850). John Ryerson and William Ryerson, Methodist ministers, were his brothers, as was ...