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Irving, James (1759–1791), naval surgeon and slave trader, was born at Langholm, Dumfriesshire, on 15 December 1759, the third and only surviving child of John Irving (1731?–1807), blacksmith and innkeeper, and his wife, Isobel, née Little (1725?–1791). As a surgeon and captain in the ...

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Johnson, Thomas (1595x1600–1644), apothecary and soldier, was born at Selby in Yorkshire, probably between 1595 and 1600, of unknown parentage. All that is known of his early life is that at some time he lived 'in the further side of Lincolnshire' (...

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Anna Violet Thurstan (1879–1978) by unknown photographer by kind permission of the Hypatia Trust

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Thurstan, Anna Violet [Violetta] (1879–1978), nurse and weaver, was born at Claremont, Ore, Sussex, on 4 February 1879, the eldest child and only daughter of Edward Paget Thurstan (1851–1941), surgeon, and his wife, Anna, née Reid (b. 1851). Her grandfather was Joseph Thurstan (...