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Archdale [née Russel], Helen Alexander (1876–1949), feminist and journalist, was born at Nenthorn, Berwickshire, on 25 August 1876, the daughter of Alexander Russel (1814–1876) and Helen Evans, née Carter (1834–1903) [see under Edinburgh Seven]. Her father, who died a month before her birth, was editor of ...

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Armstrong [née Cobbe], Lucie (1851–1907), musician and writer on etiquette, was the daughter of Major Charles Henry Cobbe and granddaughter of General George Cobbe (b. 1782), who was descended on the paternal side from Charles Cobbe (1687–1765), archbishop of Dublin (1742–3). She was the second cousin of ...

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Begbie, (Edward) Harold (1871–1929), journalist, Salvationist, and political and social reformer, was born at Fornham St Martin, Suffolk, on 24 June 1871, the fifth son in a family of seven sons and four daughters of the Revd Mars Hamilton Begbie (...

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Chesterton [née Jones], Ada Elizabeth (1869–1962), journalist and philanthropist, was born at Oxford House, Thurlow Park Road, Dulwich, London, on 30 June 1869 (her name was registered as Ada Eliza), the daughter of Frederick John Jones, a manufacturer of braces, and his wife, ...

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Drew, Catharine (1825/6–1910), journalist and women's rights activist, was born in Belfast, only daughter of Revd Thomas Drew, a militant Orange Church of Ireland clergyman who was for twenty-seven years incumbent of Christ Church, Belfast, and subsequently rector of Seaforde, co. Down, and precentor of ...

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Forster [née Mackenzie], Jacqueline Moir [Jackie] (1926–1998), journalist and campaigner for homosexual rights, was born on 6 November 1926 at the Royal Northern Hospital, Upper Holloway, London, the only daughter and eldest of two children of Kenneth Pirie Mackenzie, a doctor and major in the ...

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See Fyzee, Atiya [married name Atiya Fyzee-Rahamin; known as Atiya Begum, and Shahinda]

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Leonard Trelawny Hobhouse (1864–1929) by Elliott & Fry British Library of Political and Economic Science

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Hobhouse, Leonard Trelawny (1864–1929), social philosopher and journalist, was born on 8 September 1864 at St Ive, near Liskeard, Cornwall, the youngest of the seven children of the Revd Reginald Hobhouse (1818–1895), rector of St Ive for fifty years and archdeacon of Bodmin...

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Kempster, John (1836–1916), police journalist and temperance campaigner, was born in Congleton, Cheshire, on 3 April 1836, the son of John Joseph James Kempster, a minister in the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Captain Joseph Westbeech RN.

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Elizabeth Kenward (1906–2001) by Milton Wordley, 1975 Getty Images

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Kenward [née Kemp- Welch], Elizabeth [Betty] [pseud. Jennifer] (1906–2001), society columnist, was born on 14 July 1906 at 87 Cadogan Gardens, London, the eldest child and only daughter of Brian Charles Durant Kemp-Welch (1878–1950), who worked for Schweppes, and his wife, ...

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Kerr [née Newland], Antonella Reuss [Tony], marchioness of Lothian (1922–2007), journalist and charity founder, was born in Rome on 22 May 1922, the only child of Major-General Sir Foster Reuss Newland (1862–1943), Royal Army Medical Corps doctor and director of Middle East...

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Levy, Joseph Hiam (1838–1913), journalist and campaigner for individual rights, was born on 17 July 1838 at 7 Upper East Smithfield, Aldgate, London, son of Lawrence Levy, slop seller, and his wife, Maria Hiam. He was educated at the City of London School...

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See MacEwen [née Radford], Ann Maitland

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Henry Woodd Nevinson (1856–1941) by Sir William Rothenstein, 1924 © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nevinson, Henry Woodd (1856–1941), social activist and journalist, was born at 5 South Fields Place, Leicester, on 11 October 1856, the second son of George Nevinson, a solicitor, and his wife, Maria Jane, née Woodd, who raised him in a strictly evangelical atmosphere. In 1872 he won a scholarship at ...

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See Nichols, Mary Sergeant Gove

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Elizabeth Rayner Parkes (1829–1925) by Constantin, early 1860s The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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Parkes [married name Belloc], Elizabeth Rayner [Bessie] (1829–1925), campaigner for women's rights and journalist, was born in Birmingham on 16 June 1829, the daughter of Joseph Parkes (1796–1865), a lawyer and politician, and of Elizabeth Rayner Priestley (1797?–1877), who was the granddaughter of ...