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Bryan, Dora [née Dora May Broadbent; married name Lawton] (1923–2014), actress  

Frances Gray

Bryan, Dora [née Dora May Broadbent; married name Lawton] (1923–2014), actress, was born on 7 February 1923 in Mill Lane, Parbold, Lancashire, the second child and first daughter of Albert Broadbent, a cotton yarn salesman and former private in the 5th North Lancashire regiment...

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Catherwood, Sir Henry Frederick Ross (Fred) (1925–2014), businessman, politician, and evangelical leader  

J. E. M. Cameron

Catherwood, Sir Henry Frederick Ross (Fred) (1925–2014), businessman, politician, and evangelical leader, was born on 30 January 1925 in Creagh, near Bellaghy, County Londonderry, the eldest of three children of (Harold Matthew) Stuart Catherwood (1899–1973), haulier and bus company owner, and his wife ...

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Dagnall, Charles (d. 1774?), colliery owner and ivory comb maker  

John Langton

Dagnall, Charles (d. 1774?), colliery owner and ivory comb maker, is a figure about whom biographical details are sparse. He lived at Eccleston on the edge of what became the industrial town of St Helens in Lancashire. Many people with the name of ...

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Dommett, Roy Leonard (1933–2015), missile scientist  

C.N. Hill and Dave Wright

Dommett, Roy Leonard (1933–2015), missile scientist, was born on 25 June 1933 at 30 Wharncliffe Road, Itchen, Southampton, the son of Leonard Frank Dommett (1907–1996), a painter and decorator, and his wife Rose Eveline, née Diaper (1909–2006), both from the ...

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Evans, Meredydd (Merȇd) (1919–2015), writer, broadcaster, and political activist  

Geraint H. Jenkins

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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Le Marchand, David (1674–1726), ivory carver  

Charles Avery

Le Marchand, David (1674–1726), ivory carver, was born on 12 October 1674 in Dieppe, the son of Guillaume le Marchand, a painter and possibly also a carver of ivory, and his wife, Madeleine Levasseur, who married in 1658. After the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685 ...

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Lewis, Joseph (fl. 1750–1774), poet and ivory-turner  

Karina Williamson

Lewis, Joseph (fl. 1750–1774), poet and ivory-turner, was born of untraced parentage, at an unknown date, possibly in Wales. By 1750 he was already living in London, but lines he wrote in praise of Sir John Philipps suggest that he may have spent his childhood in the neighbourhood of the ...

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Osborn, John (c. 1580–c. 1634), worker in pressed horn and whalebone  

L. H. Cust

revised by Dora Thornton

Osborn, John (c. 1580–c. 1634), worker in pressed horn and whalebone, was born in Worcestershire, where he appears to have been engaged in making cases, sheaths, or small boxes in horn and other material. About 1600 he emigrated to the Netherlands, possibly for religious reasons, and settled at ...

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Porter, Sir Robert Wilson (1923–2014), politician and judge  

Connal Parr

Porter, Sir Robert Wilson (1923–2014), politician and judge, was born at 97 Creggan Road, Derry, on 23 December 1923, the youngest of eleven children of Joseph Wilson Porter, joiner, and his wife, Letitia Mary, née Wasson. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Beezer’ or ‘...

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Sherley, Lady Teresa Sampsonia (c. 1589–1668)  

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Lady Teresa Sampsonia Sherley (c. 1589–1668), by British School, 1624-1627

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Soames [née Spencer Churchill], Mary, Lady Soames (1922–2014), author and public servant  

David Reynolds

Soames [née Spencer Churchill], Mary, Lady Soames (1922–2014), author and public servant, was born at 2 Sussex Square, near Hyde Park, London, on 15 September 1922, the fourth daughter and youngest of the five children of Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (...

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Stardust, Alvin [real name Bernard William Jewry; other stage name, Shane Fenton] (1942–2014), singer and guitarist  

Spencer Leigh

Stardust, Alvin [real name Bernard William Jewry; other stage name, Shane Fenton] (1942–2014), singer and guitarist, was born on 27 September 1942 at Prenton nursing home, East End Road, Finchley, London, the son of William Richard (Bill) Jewry (1909–1967), drapery salesman, and his wife ...

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Tonks (married name Lightband), Rosemary Desmond Boswell (1928–2014), poet and novelist  

Jeremy Noel-Tod

Tonks (married name Lightband), Rosemary Desmond Boswell (1928–2014), poet and novelist, was born on 17 October 1928 at Larkfield, Junction Road, Gillingham, Kent, the only daughter of Desmond Arthur Boswell Tonks (1893–1928), mechanical engineer, and his wife Gwendoline Mabel, ...