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Charles Freer Andrews (1871–1940) by Howard Coster, 1935 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Andrews, Charles Freer (1871–1940), author and campaigner for Indian independence, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne on 12 February 1871, the second son of John Edwin Andrews, minister in the Catholic Apostolic (or Irvingite) church, and his second wife, Mary Charlotte Cartwright (1840–1914)...

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Barnes, Leonard John (1895–1977), writer and campaigner against colonialism, was born on 21 July 1895 in London, the only son of John Albert Barnes, a senior Colonial Office civil servant, and his wife, Kate Oakeshott. He attended Colet Court preparatory school and then ...

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Chant [née Dibbin], Laura Ormiston (1848–1923), author and political activist, was born on 9 October 1848 at Woolaston, Gloucestershire, near Chepstow, daughter of Francis William Dibbin, civil engineer, and his wife, Sophia Ormiston. Educated at home, she later became an associate of arts at ...

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Cook, Ida [pseud. Mary Burchell] (1904–1986), author and campaigner for Jewish refugees, was born on 24 August 1904 at 37 Croft Avenue, Sunderland, the second of four children of William James Cook (1865–1959), surveyor of customs and excise, and his wife, Mary, ...

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Crisp [married name Becker], Dorothy (1906–1987), author and political activist, was born on 17 May 1906 at 26 Aylesford Terrace, Leeds, the only child of Albert Edward Crisp (1877–1943), railway brakesman, and his wife, Annie Beckwith (1873–1957). Although her father had no settled career, and her mother had been a tailoress before their marriage, the family acquired sufficient means for ...

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Davies, David Richard (1889–1958), writer, political agitator, and minister of religion, was born at Pontycymer, Glamorgan, on 19 February 1889, the son of Richard Davies and his wife, Hannah. He was the youngest of four children. His father had been a miner, but had broken his back in a colliery accident before ...

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Day, Thomas (1748–1789), author and political campaigner, was born on 22 June 1748 in Wellclose Square, London, the only child of Thomas Day (c.1690–1749) and his wife, Jane (c.1728–1796), daughter of Samuel Bonham, a City merchant. His father, deputy collector outwards of the ...

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Evans, Meredydd (Merȇd) (1919–2015), writer, broadcaster, and political activist, was born on 9 December 1919 at Top Pentre, Llanegryn, Merioneth, the youngest of eleven children of Richard Evans, motor driver, later quarryman, and his wife Charlotte, née Pugh. His Christian name was given on his birth certificate as ...

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Fadipe, Nathaniel Akinremi (1893–1944), writer and anti-colonialist, was born on 2 October 1893 at Oko-Saje, Abeokuta, Nigeria, the son of the Revd L. O. Fadipe of the Baptist mission at Abeokuta; his mother was a successful market trader. As a child he was educated at church missionary schools. Later, dissatisfied with his poorly paid job as a clerk in the government secretariat, he moved to become personal secretary to the manager of ...

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Hunt, Violet Edith Gwynllyn Brooke- (1870–1910), writer, social worker, and political activist, was born at The Court, Tibberton, Gloucestershire, on 18 June 1870, the eldest daughter of Charles George Hunt, afterwards Brooke-Hunt, who had retired as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, and his wife, ...

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Kapp [née Mayer], Yvonne Hélène (1903–1999), writer and political activist, was born on 17 April 1903 at 170 Tulse Hill, Norwood, London, the daughter of Max Alfred Mayer (1871–1948) and his wife, Clarisse Fanny, née Bielefeld (1878–1960). Her parents were of Jewish immigrant stock: her father was a prosperous vanilla merchant and her mother enjoyed a life of leisure. ...

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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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Marqusee, Michael John (Mike) (1953–2015), writer and political activist, was born in New York City on 27 January 1953, the oldest of five children of John Edward Marqusee (1928–1999), real estate developer, art dealer, and publisher, and his wife ...

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McWhirter, Norris Dewar (1925–2004), author, publisher, and political campaigner, was born at 10 Branscombe Gardens, Winchmore Hill, London, on 12 August 1925, the second of three sons of William Allan McWhirter (1888–1955), managing director of Associated Newspapers and Northcliffe Newspapers, and his wife, ...

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Naomi Mary Margaret Mitchison, Lady Mitchison (1897–1999) by Wyndham Lewis, 1938 © Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust

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Mitchison [née Haldane], Naomi Mary Margaret, Lady Mitchison (1897–1999), writer and social activist, was born on 1 November 1897 at 10 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh, the younger child of John Scott Haldane (1860–1936), physiologist, and his wife, (Louisa) Kathleen (1863–1961), an active suffragist, daughter of ...

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Montalembert, Charles-René-Forbes de, comte de Montalembert in the French nobility (1810–1870), politician, orator, and writer, was born in Upper Brook Street, London, on 15 April 1810 (The Times, 17 April 1810) and baptized at Stanmore, Middlesex, on 29 May 1810. His father, ...

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Pim, Herbert Moore (1883–1950), author and political activist, was born on 6 June 1883 at 4 Granville Villas, Belfast, the son of Robert Barclay Pim, secretary of the Friends Provident Insurance Company, and his wife, Caroline Moore. The Pims were one of Ireland's...