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Brooksbank [née Soutar], Mary Watson (1897–1978), revolutionary and songwriter  

Graham R. Smith

Brooksbank [née Soutar], Mary Watson (1897–1978), revolutionary and songwriter, was born on 15 December 1897 at 29 Shiprow, Aberdeen, the only daughter of five children born to Alexander Soutar (1867–1953), dock labourer and founding member of Aberdeen Dockers' Union, and his wife, ...

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Connell, James [Jim] (1852–1929), socialist and writer of The Red Flag  

Francis Devine

Connell, James [Jim] (1852–1929), socialist and writer of The Red Flag, was born on 27 March 1852 in McCormack's Yard, Kilskyre, Crossakiel, co. Meath, Ireland, the eldest of thirteen children born to Thomas Connell, farm labourer, and his wife, Ann Shaw. It is likely that he was born ...

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Halket, George (bap. 1692, d. 1756), Jacobite songwriter and schoolmaster  

William Donaldson

Halket, George (bap. 1692, d. 1756), Jacobite songwriter and schoolmaster, son of James Halket, was baptized in Banff on 6 July 1692. He completed his studies at King's College, Aberdeen, 1709–13, but—as was then quite common—did not graduate. In 1714 he was appointed schoolmaster, precentor, and session clerk of ...

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Hopkinson, Francis (1737–1791), musician, jurist, and revolutionary politician in America  

P. M. Zall

Hopkinson, Francis (1737–1791), musician, jurist, and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 2 October 1737 in Philadelphia and baptized at Christ Church, son of Thomas Hopkinson (1709–1751), lawyer, and his wife, Mary Johnson (1718–1804), both recent émigrés from England. He was among the first generation of native-born Americans trained to cultivate the arts and sciences on their own soil. Most were gentlemen amateurs who dabbled in many arts and mastered none. ...

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Kearney, Peadar (1883–1942), Irish revolutionary and songwriter  

Frances Flanagan

Kearney, Peadar (1883–1942), Irish revolutionary and songwriter, was born at 11 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin, on 12 December 1883, the oldest of six surviving children of John Kearney (1854–1897), a grocer, and his wife, Kathleen (Katie), née McGuinness (1860–1907), from Rathmaiden, Slane, co. Meath...

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Lennon, John Ono (1940–1980), musician, composer, and political activist  

Richard Middleton

Lennon, John Ono (1940–1980), musician, composer, and political activist, was born John Winston Lennon at Oxford Street Maternity Hospital, Liverpool, on 9 October 1940, the only child of Julia Stanley (1914–1958), a cinema usherette, and Alfred (Freddy) Lennon (1912–1976), a merchant seaman. Three half-sisters were born to his mother subsequently, including ...

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Lennon, John Ono (1940–1980)  

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John Ono Lennon (1940–1980) by Annie Leibovitz, 1970 © Annie Leibovitz; collection National Portrait Gallery, London