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Abadam, Alice (1856–1940), suffrage activist and women’s right’s campaigner, was born in St John’s Wood, London, on 2 January 1856 (census returns 1891, 1939 Register). Her birth was not registered and she was not baptised. She was the youngest of seven children (four daughters and two sons) of ...

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Ashton, William (c. 1806–1877), Chartist, was born in the Yorkshire linen-weaving and coal-mining town of Barnsley about 1806. His father was an Englishman, and a linen weaver, and his mother was an Irish Catholic. Ashton always identified strongly with his mother's nation and faith and often spoke of himself as an Irishman....

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Doherty, John (1797/8–1854), trade unionist and political radical, was born in Ireland but his exact date of birth is not certain. He came from a labouring family and he himself began work in the local cotton industry at the age of ten. In 1816 he joined the increasing flow of Irish migrants to ...

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Garnett, (Frances) Theresa (1888–1966), suffragette, was born on 17 May 1888 at 33 Stanningley Road, Armley, Leeds, the daughter of Joshua Garnett (b. 1862), an iron planer, and his wife, Frances Theresa, née Armstead. Theresa Garnett was educated at a convent school and was for some time a teacher....

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Teresa Mary Billington- Greig (1876–1964) by unknown photographer The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University

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Greig, Teresa Mary Billington- (1876–1964), suffragette and political theorist, was born at 197 Friargate, Preston, Lancashire, on 15 October 1876, the second daughter of William Billington, variously described as an engineer, shopkeeper, and shipping clerk, and his wife, Helen (or Ellen) Wilson. She was educated until the age of thirteen at the ...

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Miranda, (Sebastián) Francisco de (1750–1816), campaigner for Spanish American independence, was born on 28 March 1750 in Caracas, Venezuela, the eldest of ten children of Sebastián de Miranda Ravelo (1721–1791), an entrepreneurial merchant who had emigrated to Venezuela from the Canary Islands, and his wife, ...

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Alison Roberta Noble Neilans (1884–1942) by unknown photographer, 1908 Mary Evans/The Women's Library

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Neilans, Alison Roberta Noble (1884–1942), suffragist and social reformer, was born at Ellesmere, Friern Road, East Dulwich, Surrey, on 19 June 1884, the only daughter of Robert Neilans (1843–c.1896), a commercial traveller, and his wife, Alison Ferguson, née Noble (b...

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James O'Brien [Bronterre O'Brien] (1804–1864) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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O'Brien, James [pseud. Bronterre O'Brien] (1804–1864), Chartist, was born at Granard, co. Longford, Ireland, in early February 1804, the second son of Daniel O'Brien and his wife, Mary Kearney. His father, who was a wine and spirit merchant and a tobacco manufacturer in ...

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Johanna Mary Sheehy- Skeffington (1877–1946) by Poole Studio courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

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Skeffington, Johanna Mary [Hanna] Sheehy- [née Johanna Mary Sheehy] (1877–1946), suffragist and Irish nationalist, was born on 24 May 1877 in the Millhouse, Kanturk, co. Cork, the eldest of four daughters and two sons of David Sheehy (1844–1932), mill owner, and his wife, ...

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Adela Constantia Mary Pankhurst Walsh (1885–1961) by unknown photographer, c. 1908 Mary Evans / The Women's Library

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Walsh, Adela Constantia Mary Pankhurst (1885–1961), suffragette and pacifist, was born on 19 June 1885 at Chorlton upon Medlock, Manchester, Lancashire, the fourth of five children and the third and youngest daughter of Richard Marsden Pankhurst (1835/6–1898), barrister, and his wife, Emmeline Pankhurst, ...