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Allen, Mary Sophia (1878–1964), police officer, was born on 12 March 1878 at 2 Marlborough Terrace, Newport Road, Roath, Glamorgan, the daughter of Thomas Isaac Allen (1841–1911), a superintendent of the Great Western Railway, and his wife, Margaret Sophia Carlyle (...

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Anderson, Dame Adelaide Mary (1863–1936), civil servant, was born on 8 April 1863 in Melbourne, Australia, the eldest child in the large family of Alexander Gavin Anderson, a Scottish shipbroker, and his wife, Blanche Emily Campbell. Her grandfather was Dr Alexander Anderson, principal of the ...

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Brigstocke [née Brown], Heather Renwick, Baroness Brigstocke (1929–2004), headmistress and public servant, was born on 2 September 1929 at Upton Lodge nursing home, Alpha Road, Birchington, Kent, the elder daughter of Flying Officer (later Squadron Leader) John Renwick Brown, and his wife, ...

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Curtis, Dame Myra (1886–1971), civil servant and college head, was born on 2 October 1886 at 11 Belle Vue Road, Sunderland, co. Durham, one of three daughters of George Curtis, a telegraphist in the Post Office, and his wife, Annie Johnson, an elementary school teacher. Her forebears were north-country working-class, and she was brought up in a hard-working, close-knit family, which valued education. As a young girl she attended ...

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Denman [née Pearson], Gertrude Mary, Lady Denman (1884–1954), public servant, was born on 7 November 1884 at 4 Durham Villas, London, the second of the four children and only daughter of Weetman Dickinson Pearson (1856–1927), contractor, Liberal MP, and afterwards first Viscount Cowdray...

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Farrer, Dame Frances Margaret (1895–1977), public servant, was born on 17 March 1895 at 24a Bryanston Square, London, the first daughter and middle child of Thomas Cecil Farrer (1859–1940), second Baron Farrer of Abinger, and his wife, Evelyn Mary, née Spring-Rice (1862–1898), musician and daughter of ...

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Fawcett, Philippa Garrett (1868–1948), mathematician and civil servant, was born in London on 4 April 1868, the only daughter of Henry Fawcett (1833–1884), Liberal politician and professor of political economy at Cambridge, and his wife, Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847–1929), leader of the women's suffragist movement. ...

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Hayter, Alethea Catharine (1911–2006), writer and British Council official, was born in Cairo, Egypt, on 7 November 1911, the youngest of the three children of Sir William Goodenough Hayter (1869–1924), a judge in the Anglo-Egyptian service and legal adviser to the Egyptian government, and his wife, ...

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Jenkins [née Morris], Dame (Mary) Jennifer, Lady Jenkins of Hillhead (1921–2017), conservationist and public servant, was born at 2 Hall Bank, Buxton, Derbyshire, on 18 January 1921, the daughter of Sir (George) Parker Morris (1891–1972) and his wife, ...

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Markham, Violet Rosa (1872–1959), public servant, was born on 3 October 1872 at Brimington Hall near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, the fifth of five children (three sons and two daughters) of Charles Markham (1823–1888), engineer and managing director of a coal and iron company, and his wife, ...

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Meynell [née Kilroy], Dame Alix Hester Marie, Lady Meynell (1903–1999), civil servant, was born at Felixstowe, The Park, Nottingham, on 2 February 1903, the second daughter and second child in the family of four daughters and one son of Lancelot Kilroy (...

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Mills [née Warnock], Dame Barbara Jean Lyon (1940–2011), barrister and public servant, was born on 10 August 1940 at Wroxton, Lower Road, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, the elder daughter of John Lyon Warnock, chartered accountant, and his wife, Nora Kitty, née Sheather (1911–1997). At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Mueller [married name Robertson], Dame Anne Elisabeth (1930–2000), civil servant, was born in Bombay on 15 October 1930, the elder child of Herbert Constantin Mueller (1891–1952) and his wife, Phoebe Ann, née Beevers (1901–1973). Her parents married while working in India, he a German running an engineering business and she a Yorkshirewoman teaching at ...

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Murray, Katharine Marjory Stewart- [née Katharine Marjory Ramsay], duchess of Atholl (1874–1960), public servant and politician, was born in Edinburgh on 6 November 1874, the eldest of the five children of Sir James Henry Ramsay, tenth baronet (1832–1925), of Bamff, east Perthshire...

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Oliver [née Joseph], Dame Beryl Carnegy (1882–1972), charity worker and administrator, was born Beryl Carnegy Joseph on 20 August 1882 in Australia. She was the only daughter of Francis Edward Joseph, gentleman, who later adopted the surname of his wife, Isabella Eliza Butter Carnegy (...

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Platt (née Myatt), Beryl Catherine, Baroness Platt of Writtle (1923–2015), engineer, local government politician, and public servant, was born on 18 April 1923 at Holmwood, Westleigh Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, the daughter of Ernest Myatt (1889–1950), bank clerk, and his wife, ...

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Plowden [née Richmond], Dame Bridget Horatia, Lady Plowden (1910–2000), public servant, was born on 5 May 1910 at Rounton Grange, East Rounton, Yorkshire, the second daughter and second child in the family of four daughters and one son of Admiral Sir Herbert William Richmond (1871–1946)...

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Shakespear [née Wood], Dame Ethel Mary Reader (1871–1946), public servant and geologist, was born on 17 July 1871 at Biddenham, near Bedford, the daughter of the Revd Henry Wood (c.1829–1912). After attending Bedford high school, she entered Newnham College, Cambridge...

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Sharp, Evelyn Adelaide, Baroness Sharp (1903–1985), civil servant, was born on 25 May 1903 at Ealing, Middlesex, the daughter of the Revd Charles James Sharp, vicar of Ealing, and his wife, Mary Frances Musgrove Harvey. The third child in a family of five, she had two elder sisters, and a younger sister and brother. Her father was a very ‘modern’ vicar, one who questioned the virgin birth, wanted his daughters to have careers, and who was a radical Liberal, active in local politics in ...

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Strathie [née Cooke], Dame Lesley Ann (1955–2012), civil servant, was born at Clanoch Maternity Hospital, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, on 24 September 1955, the third child of Rumold Francis Cooke, fire prevention officer, later chief fire officer, and his wife, Agnes Elizabeth, née Parker...