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Barlow, Sir Thomas, first baronet (1845–1945), physician, was born at Brantwood Fold, Edgworth, near Bolton, Lancashire, on 4 September 1845; he was the eldest of seven children of James Barlow (1821–1887) of Greenthorne, Edgworth, who established the cotton mills of Barlow and Jones...

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Sir Thomas Barlow, first baronet (1845–1945) by Catharine Dodgson, 1936 from the collection of the Athenaeum, London

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Dame Harriette Chick (1875–1977) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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H. M. Sinclair

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Chick, Dame Harriette (1875–1977), nutritionist, was born at 5 Newman Street, London, on 6 January 1875, the fifth child and third daughter of the eleven children (four boys and seven girls) of Samuel Chick, a prosperous lace merchant and property owner, and his wife, ...

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Abraham Esau (1864–1901) by unknown photographer © reserved / Cambridge University Press

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Esau, Abraham (1864–1901), blacksmith and hero, was born on 12 September 1864 in the northern Kenhardt district of Cape Colony, the eldest son of several children of Adam Esau, semi-skilled general labourer, and his only wife, Martha April, domestic farm servant. Nothing is known of his parents, other than that they led an itinerant working existence for many years on farms and in villages in the northern and ...

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G. C. Boase

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Fletcher, George (d. 1855), reputed centenarian, was born, according to his own account, on 2 February 1747. However, according to baptismal records a George Fletcher was baptized on 15 October 1764, the son of Joseph Fletcher of Clarborough, Nottinghamshire. He was brought up a Wesleyan and was a farm labourer for some years. On 2 November 1785 he enlisted in the ...

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Griffiths [née Rutley], Winifred (1895–1982), politician's wife and autobiographer, was born at High Street, Overton, near Basingstoke, Hampshire, on 21 May 1895, the second of four children of William George Rutley (d. 1932), a paper-mill worker and Wesleyan lay preacher, and his wife, ...

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Hartley, Wallace Henry (1878–1912), musician and bandleader on the RMS Titanic, was born on 2 June 1878 at 136 Greenfield Hill, Colne, Lancashire, the second of the six children (four surviving) of Albion Hartley (1850–1934), mill manager, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Foulds (1851–1927)...

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Wallace Henry Hartley (1878–1912) by unknown photographer, 1912 [the band of RMS Titanic: John Frederick Preston Clarke, Percy Cornelius Taylor; Georges Alexandre Krins, Wallace Hartley, William Theodore Ronald Brailey; Jock Hume, John Wesley Woodward] © Illustrated London News Ltd / Mary Evans

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Montez, Lola [real name Elizabeth Rosanna Gilbert] (1821–1861), adventuress, was born on 17 February 1821 at Grange, co. Sligo, Ireland, the only child of Edward Gilbert (c.1797–1823), an ensign of the 25th foot regiment, and his wife, Eliza Oliver (...

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Lola Montez (1821–1861) by Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes, c. 1850 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of I. N. Phelps Stokes, Edward S. Hawes, Alice Mary Hawes, and Marion Augusta Hawes, 1937. (37.14.41) All rights reserved, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Saxby [née Howell], Mary (1738–1801), vagrant and memoirist, was born in London, the daughter of John Howell, a silk weaver, and his wife, Susanna, who died soon afterwards during childbirth. Mary's father remarried and had two further sons, one of whom—together with ...

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Seward, William (1711–1740), promoter of Methodism and friend of George Whitefield, was born into a family of independent landed means at Badsey, a hamlet near Evesham, Worcestershire. Of his brothers, Thomas became a clergyman of the Church of England, and was in Genoa...

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Thistlethwayte [née Bell], Laura Eliza Jane Seymour (1831?–1894), courtesan and lay preacher, was the daughter of Captain Robert H. Bell of Bellbrook, Glenavy, co. Antrim, and his second wife, Laura Jane Seymour, an illegitimate daughter of the third marquess of Hertford...

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Wakefield [née Brewin], Rebecca (1844–1873), missionary wife, was born in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, on 19 August 1844, the only daughter and youngest of four children born to Simeon Brewin (d. 1857), a hosier and draper and Methodist local preacher, and his wife, ...

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Mary Watson- Wentworth, marchioness of Rockingham (bap. 1735, d. 1804) by Hugh Douglas Hamilton by kind permission of Mrs P. Gordon-Duff-Pennington of Muncaster Castle. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London