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Boughton, Joan (c. 1414–1494), Wycliffite heretic  

Henry Summerson

Boughton, Joan (c. 1414–1494), Wycliffite heretic, is known only from accounts of her death. The fullest of these, in the great chronicle of London, records that she was a widow and mother, and describes her as 'an old cankyrd heretyke that dotid For age...

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Cobbold [née Murray], Lady Evelyn (1867–1963), traveller and convert to Islam  

Jamie Gilham

Cobbold [née Murray], Lady Evelyn (1867–1963), traveller and convert to Islam, was born on 17 July 1867 at 13 Great Stuart Street, Edinburgh, the eldest of the six children (five daughters and one son) of Charles Adolphus Murray, seventh earl of Dunmore...

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Giberne, Maria Rosina (1802–1885), artist and convert to Roman Catholicism  

Joyce Sugg

Giberne, Maria Rosina (1802–1885), artist and convert to Roman Catholicism, was born on 13 August 1802 at Clapton, London, the seventh child of Mark Giberne (d. 1846), a wine merchant, and his wife, Rebecca Sharp (d. 1847). Her father came from French stock: the Huguenot ...

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Gladstone, Helen Jane (1814–1880)  

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Helen Jane Gladstone (1814–1880) by P. Slater, 1850 private collection; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gladstone, Helen Jane (1814–1880), Roman Catholic convert  

H. C. G. Matthew

Gladstone, Helen Jane (1814–1880), Roman Catholic convert, was born on 28 June 1814 at 62 Rodney Street, Liverpool. She was the second daughter, and youngest of the six children, of Sir John Gladstone, first baronet (1764–1851), and his second wife, Anne, née Robertson (1771/2–1835)...

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Gunter [née Cresswell], Mary (1586–1622), convert to protestantism  

Retha M. Warnicke

Gunter [née Cresswell], Mary (1586–1622), convert to protestantism, was the daughter of Thomas Cresswell, gentleman, and a kinswoman of Sir Christopher Blount, third husband of Lettice Dudley, dowager countess of Leicester and Essex. Her parents having died in her infancy Mary was raised by an elderly Catholic lady. After her guardian's death, when ...

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Herbert, (Mary) Elizabeth, Lady Herbert of Lea (1822–1911), Roman Catholic convert and philanthropist  

Valerie Bonham

Herbert, (Mary) Elizabeth, Lady Herbert of Lea (1822–1911), Roman Catholic convert and philanthropist, was born on 21 July 1822, the only daughter of General Charles Ashe À Court Repington (1785–1861), sometime MP for Heytesbury, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Gibbs (d. 1878)...

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Herbert, (Mary) Elizabeth, Lady Herbert of Lea (1822–1911)  

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(Mary) Elizabeth Herbert, Lady Herbert of Lea (1822–1911) by Richard James Lane, 1850 (after James Rannie Swinton, 1850) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kerr, Cecil Chetwynd [née Lady Cecil Chetwynd Chetwynd-Talbot], marchioness of Lothian (1808–1877), Roman Catholic convert  

Rowan Strong

Kerr, Cecil Chetwynd [née Lady Cecil Chetwynd Chetwynd-Talbot], marchioness of Lothian (1808–1877), Roman Catholic convert, was born on 17 April 1808 at Ingestre Hall, Staffordshire, the daughter of Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, second Earl Talbot of Hensol (1777–1849), and his wife, Frances Thomasine (1782–1819)...

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Loveday, Emily Mary (b. 1799), Roman Catholic convert  

Caroline Ford

Loveday, Emily Mary (b. 1799), Roman Catholic convert, was born on 28 December 1799 and baptized at St Paul's, Hammersmith, Middlesex, on 24 February 1800, the eldest daughter of Douglas Charles Loveday (1786/7–1843) and his wife, Eliza, née Sharp (1775/6–1861). Her father was admitted at the ...

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Weld, Jane Charlotte [known as Baroness Weld] (1806–1871), convert to Roman Catholicism and benefactor  

Pamela Cooksey

Weld, Jane Charlotte [known as Baroness Weld] (1806–1871), convert to Roman Catholicism and benefactor, was born at Purley, near Windsor, Berkshire, and baptized on 10 August 1806 at Sunninghill. She was the eldest of the six children born to Edward Lesmoir Gordon (...