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Auld [née Christie], Susan Mary [known as Susan Denham Christie] (1915–2002), naval architect, was born on 10 January 1915 at 12 Northumberland Terrace, Tynemouth, Northumberland, the only daughter and younger child of John Denham Christie (d. 1950), naval architect and shipbuilder, and chairman of ...

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Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah (1874–1945) by Wiele & Klein © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Azariah, Vedanayagam Samuel (1874–1945), bishop of Dornakal, was born on 17 August 1874 in the church rectory of Vellalanvilai, a village located in the Madras presidency of south India. He was the younger of the two children of the Revd Thomas Vedanayagam (1821–1889)...

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Brown, William Christopher (1928–2005), civil engineer, was born on 16 September 1928 at Beech House, Croesyceiliog, Monmouthshire, the second of two sons of William Edward Brown (1892–1965), joiner, cabinet-maker, and sometime county councillor, and his wife, Margaret Eliza, née Hughes (1891–1953), descended from a family of farmers. ...

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Burns, Robert (1789–1869), Canada Presbyterian church minister, was born on 13 February 1789 at Bo'ness, Linlithgowshire. He was one of the eight sons and at least one daughter of John Burns, a merchant and customs officer, and his wife, Grizzell Ferrier. He attended the parochial school at ...

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Clarke, Raymond Thurston (1925–2010), charity worker and public servant, was born on 15 February 1925 at 9 Richardson Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the son of William Bincham Clarke (1886/7–1963), gardener and groundsman, and his wife, Mabel Elsie, née Mankelow (1893–1969). He was educated at the ...

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Cocks, (Harry Francis) Lovell (1894–1983), United Reformed minister and theologian, was born on 28 February 1894 at 4 Wesley Villas, New Windsor Street, Uxbridge, the son of Henry Edwin Cocks (1866?–1950), manager of a rope factory, and his wife, Ada Emma Bryant (1866?–1935)...

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Cocks, Michael Francis Lovell, Baron Cocks of Hartcliffe (1929–2001), politician, was born on 19 August 1929 at 3 Ashwood Terrace, Leeds, the younger son and youngest of the three children of Lovell Cocks (1894–1983), a Congregationalist minister, and his wife, Lottie Violet Mary (Dot), ...

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Daniel [née Lee], Joyce Mary (1890–1985), campaigner for birth control, was born on 10 May 1890 at Redland House, north Malvern, Worcestershire, the third of three daughters of Walter Lee, a Congregational minister, and his wife, Alice Amelia Hyrons. She was educated at ...

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Davies, Sir (Robert) Rees (1938–2005), historian, was born on 6 August 1938 at Glanddwynant, Llanfor, near Llandderfel, a village in the upper Dee valley, Merioneth, the youngest of four sons of (William) Edward Davies (1904–1967), tenant farmer, and his wife, Sarah Margaret (Maggie), ...

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Driver, Christopher Prout (1932–1997), journalist and writer on food, was born in India on 1 December 1932, the son of Arthur Herbert Driver, a Presbyterian medical missionary, and his wife, Elsie Kathleen Shepherd. When the family returned to England, Dr Driver ran Book in Hand...

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Sir Robert Alexander Falconer (1867–1943) by unknown photographer, 1908 courtesy University of Toronto Archives B1976-0005/P

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Falconer, Sir Robert Alexander (1867–1943), university principal and biblical scholar in Canada, was born on 10 February 1867 at the manse, Zion Church, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the eldest of the three children (Robert, James, and Jean) of the Revd Alexander Falconer (1838–1911)...

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Fenn, (John) Eric (1899–1995), Presbyterian minister and broadcaster, was born at 2 Kilmore Road, Forest Hill, London, on 3 June 1899, the fourth son of (Joseph) Louis Herbert Fenn (1855/6–1935), secretary to the National Temperance League, and his wife, Jessie Mary, née Maxted (1861/2–1936)...

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Flavelle, Sir Joseph Wesley, first baronet (1858–1939), businessman and philanthropist in Canada, was born on 15 February 1858 in Peterborough, Canada, the fifth and youngest child of John Flavelle (1823–1882), a clerk, and his wife, Dorothea Dundas (1823–1908), a teacher, who on their marriage in 1847 emigrated from ...

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Gordon, Charles William [pseud. Ralph Connor] (1860–1937), clergyman and author, was born at Indian Lands, Glengarry county, Canada West, on 13 September 1860, the fourth son of Daniel Gordon (1822–1912), a Free Church minister who had emigrated to Canada from Blair Atholl...

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Gunton, Colin Ewart (1941–2003), theologian and United Reformed minister, was born on 19 January 1941 at 32 Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex, the eldest of three sons of Herbert Ewart Gunton (1907–2000), local government officer, and his wife, Mabel Priscilla, née Bradley (b...

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Sir Harold George Hillier (1905–1985) by Salmon Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hillier, Sir Harold George (1905–1985), horticulturist, was born at Culross, Romsey Road, Winchester, on 2 January 1905, the second son in a family of three sons and two daughters of Edwin Lawrence Hillier (1865–1944), nurseryman and head of the family firm, Hillier Nurseries...

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Huxtable, (William) John Fairchild (1912–1990), Congregational minister and college head, was born on 25 July 1912 at Ladysmith Villa, Plumpton Green, near Lewes, Sussex, where his father, Percy John Fairchild Huxtable (1883–1922), lately of West Moors Congregational Church, Devon, was minister. His mother, ...