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Alderson, Thomas Hopper (1903–1965), wartime rescue party leader  

Robin Woolven

Alderson, Thomas Hopper (1903–1965), wartime rescue party leader, was born at Ashburne Stables, Sunderland, on 15 September 1903, the fifth of six children and first son of Thomas Alderson (1864–1945), domestic coachman, and his wife, Sarah Annie, née Hopper (1872–1942). He was educated at a village school; then at ...

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Barry, Thomas Bernardine (1897–1980), Irish revolutionary and folk hero  

Peter Hart

Barry, Thomas Bernardine (1897–1980), Irish revolutionary and folk hero, was born on 1 July 1897 in Killorglin, co. Kerry, the eldest son and second of eleven children of Thomas Barry, a policeman, and his wife, Margaret Donovan, both of co. Cork. After Tom...

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Fletcher, Christian, Lady Abercrombie (1619/20–1691), royalist heroine  

Elizabeth Baigent

Fletcher, Christian, Lady Abercrombie (1619/20–1691), royalist heroine, was born in Kinneff, Kincardineshire. About 1642 she married James Granger or Grainger (1603/4–1663), presbyterian minister of Kinneff church since 1640. He had graduated MA from the University of St Andrews and had been a preacher in ...

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Hamilton, Margaret, Lady Belhaven and Stenton (b. in or before 1625, d. in or after 1694), royalist heroine and medical practitioner  

Rosalind K. Marshall

Hamilton, Margaret, Lady Belhaven and Stenton (b. in or before 1625, d. in or after 1694), royalist heroine and medical practitioner, was the illegitimate daughter of James Hamilton, second marquess of Hamilton (1589–1625). It has been plausibly suggested that her mother was Anne...

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Hamilton, Margaret, Lady Belhaven and Stenton (b. in or before 1625, d. in or after 1694)  

Maker: Sir Anthony Van Dyck

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Margaret Hamilton, Lady Belhaven and Stenton (b. in or before 1625, d. in or after 1694) by Sir Anthony Van Dyck [with John Hamilton, first Lord Belhaven and Stenton] Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Lane, Jane, Lady Fisher (d. 1689), royalist heroine  

John Sutton

Lane, Jane, Lady Fisher (d. 1689), royalist heroine, was the third daughter of Thomas Lane (1585–1660) and Anne Bagot (b. 1589, d. in or after 1651), who married at Blithfield, Staffordshire, on 10 February 1610. Her father, 'a person of excellent reputation...

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Lane, Jane, Lady Fisher (d. 1689)  

Maker: unknown artist

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Jane Lane, Lady Fisher (d. 1689) by unknown artist, c. 1660 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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MacDonald, Flora (1722–1790), Jacobite heroine  

Hugh Douglas

MacDonald, Flora (1722–1790), Jacobite heroine, was born at Milton on the island of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, the third and last child of Ranald MacDonald (d. 1723), tacksman or leaseholder of Milton and Balivanich on South Uist, and his second wife, Marion (...

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MacDonald, Flora (1722–1790)  

Maker: Allan Ramsay

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Flora MacDonald (1722–1790) by Allan Ramsay, 1749 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Secord [née Ingersoll], Laura (1775–1868), United Empire loyalist and heroine  

Katherine M. J. McKenna

Secord [née Ingersoll], Laura (1775–1868), United Empire loyalist and heroine, was born on 13 September 1775 in Main Street, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the first child of Thomas Ingersoll (1749–1812), merchant, and Elizabeth Dewey (1758–1784). Although he fought as a patriot during the American War of Independence and was later promoted to major in the ...

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Stanley, Charlotte, countess of Derby (1599–1664)  

Maker: Gerrit van Honthorst

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Charlotte Stanley, countess of Derby (1599–1664) by Gerrit van Honthorst, 1632 [as Minerva] Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)

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Stanley [née de La Trémoille], Charlotte, countess of Derby (1599–1664), noblewoman and royalist heroine  

John Callow

Stanley [née de La Trémoille], Charlotte, countess of Derby (1599–1664), noblewoman and royalist heroine, was born at the château of Thouars, Poitou, in France, in early December 1599, the second child and eldest daughter of Claude de La Trémoille, duc de Thouars...