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Mary Louisa Armitt (1851–1911) by Sophia Armitt The Armitt Trust Collection

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Armitt, Mary Louisa (1851–1911), author and founder of the Armitt Library, Ambleside, was born at 19 Melbourne Terrace, Salford, Lancashire, on 24 September 1851. She was the youngest of three daughters of William Armitt (1815–1867), an impecunious assistant overseer who valued learning, and his wife, ...

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Brame [née Law], Charlotte Mary (1836–1884), novelist and benefactor, was born on 1 November 1836, at Rosary House, 35 Castle Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire, the eldest of the nine children of Benjamin Law (1814–1859), superintendent registrar and clerk to the Poor Law Union...

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Carnegie [née Scott], Susan (1743–1821), writer and benefactor, was born on 7 August 1743 in Edinburgh, the daughter of David Scott of Benholm (1700–1768), director and treasurer of the Bank of Scotland, and Mary Brown (1712–1794). She was tutored at home and gained a wide and deep knowledge of French and Italian literature and of philosophy, a proficiency in drawing (which she was taught by a relative ...

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Dorothy Payne Elmhirst (1887–1968) by unknown photographer, 1930s The Dartington Hall Trust Archive

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Elmhirst [née Whitney], Dorothy Payne (1887–1968), patron of education and the arts, was born at 1731 I Street, in Washington, DC, United States of America, on 23 January 1887, the fifth and youngest child of William Collins Whitney (1841–1904), statesman and company promoter, and his first wife, ...

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Greenwood, Thomas (1851–1908), promoter of public libraries and publisher, son of William and Nanny Greenwood, was born on 9 May 1851 at Mount Pleasant, Woodley, Cheshire. His father, a yeoman farmer turned millworker and an active Chartist, died when Thomas was just five months. From the age of three he attended ...

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Guest [née Grosvenor], Lady Theodora (1840–1924), author and benefactor, was born at 15 Grosvenor Square, London, on 7 July 1840, the youngest of the thirteen children of Richard Grosvenor, second marquess of Westminster (1795–1869), and his wife, née Lady Elizabeth Mary Leveson-Gower (1797–1891)...

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Joy, Henry (1719/20–1789), newspaper proprietor and benefactor, was born in Belfast, the first of three children of Francis Joy (1697–1790), printer and paper maker, and his wife, Margaret (1690–1745), daughter of Robert Martin of Belfast. The family was descended from Calvinist stock who moved to ...

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Kynaston, Sir Francis (1586/7–1642), writer and founder of an academy of learning, was born in Oteley, Shropshire, the eldest son of Sir Edward Kynaston (d. after 1638), gentleman, and his wife, Isabel, daughter of Sir Nicholas Bagenall. He matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford...

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Madden, Samuel Molyneux [called Premium Madden] (1686–1765), writer and benefactor, was born on 23 December 1686 in Dublin, the eldest of the five sons and one daughter of John Madden (bap. 1649, d. 1703/4), one of the original members of the Irish ...

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Salt, Samuel (d. 1792), lawyer and benefactor of Charles Lamb, was a son of John Salt, vicar of Audley in Staffordshire. He was admitted at the Middle Temple in 1741 and at the Inner Temple in 1745, and was duly called to the bar in 1753. In 1782 he was raised to the bench at the ...