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Thomas Seccombe

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Popham, Alexander (1729–1810), politician and penal reformer, the only son of Alexander Popham, rector of West Monckton, Somerset, and his wife, Mary (née Gatchell), was born on 18 July 1729. His family was closely allied to the Pophams of Littlecote, Wiltshire. He matriculated from ...


Ramsay, Archibald Henry Maule (1894–1955), politician and wartime detainee, was born in India on 4 May 1894, the only son (and the eldest of three children) of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Lushington Ramsay (1854–1928) of the Indian political department and his wife, Sophia (d...


(Samuel) Sydney Silverman (1895–1968) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Silverman, (Samuel) Sydney (1895–1968), politician and penal reformer, was born at 33 Elizabeth Street, Liverpool, on 8 October 1895. He was the second of four children, only two of whom survived to maturity, of Myer Silverman, general draper, and his wife, Blanche Stern...