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Abrahams, Ivor (1935–2015), painter, printmaker, and art teacher, was born on 10 January 1935 at 10 Swinley Road, Wigan, Lancashire, the only son and elder child of Hyman (Harry) Abrahams, ladies’ outfitter, and his wife, Rachel (née Kalisky, later Kay). At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Alexander, Andrew Clive (1935–2015), journalist and author, was born on 12 May 1935 at Caer Gwent, Wykeham Road, Worthing, the elder son of Ronald Fergus Alexander (1903–1971), schoolmaster, and his wife Doreen Olivia Myfanwy, née Davies (1896–1958). He was educated at ...

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Allen [née Sutton], Margaret (1933–2015), journalist, was born on 19 July 1933 at 7 Highfield Street West, Dukinfield, near Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, the elder daughter of George Sutton, a skilled toolmaker and Labour activist, and his wife Agnes, née Rogers, a millworker, and a Protestant. As a Roman Catholic, ...

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Ash [née Sidhanta], Ranjana (1924–2015), literary scholar, was born in Birbhum, West Bengal, British India, on 6 December 1924, the daughter of Nirmal Kumar Sidhanta (b. 1894), literary scholar, and his wife Chitralekha Bannerji. Her father was a professor of English literature who had studied at the ...

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Atkinson, Sir Robert (1916–2015), naval officer and businessman, was born on 7 March 1916 at 33 Linskill Street, Tynemouth, the younger son of Nicholas Ridley (1882–1944), a builder who was then serving as a private in the Royal Marines, and his wife ...

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Atwell, (Una) Winifred (c. 1913–1983)

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Balharry, Richard [Dick] (1937–2015), environmental campaigner and conservationist, was born on 3 September 1937 at 36 Dronley Terrace, Muirhead of Liff, near Dundee, the son of David Balharry, employed in the building trade, who served in the Black Watch, and his wife, ...

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Barr, (Isabel) Ann (1929–2015), journalist and author, was born on 16 September 1929 at 37 Welbeck Street, Marylebone, London, one of four children of Andrew Greig Barr (1904–1985), a Scottish stockbroker, businessman, and army officer, and his wife, Margaret Eileen, ...

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Barrett, Roger Keith [Syd] (1946–2006)

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Barron, Sir Donald James (1921–2015), businessman, philanthropist, and public servant, was born on 17 March 1921 at Lindores, Gorebridge, Midlothian, the only son of Albert Gibson Barron (1885–1938), actuary, and his wife, Elizabeth Annie Gray, née Macdonald (d. 1966), schoolteacher. His childhood was spent at ...

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Barry, Lording (bap. 1580, d. 1629)

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Baxter [née Robertson], Euphemia Ellen [Ena] (1924–2015), businesswoman, was born on 13 August 1924 at Drumblair House, Forgue, Aberdeenshire, the daughter of Thomas William Robertson, landowner and farmer, and his wife, Euphemia McRobert, née Downie. She grew up in ...

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Bayley, John Oliver (1925–2015), literary critic and novelist, was born in Lahore, India, on 27 March 1925, the son of Frederic John Bayley (1884–1961), a major in the Grenadier Guards, later a businessman, and his wife, Olivia Violet Beresford Hammersley, née...

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Bayly, Sir Christopher Allan (Chris) (1945–2015), historian of India and empire, was born on 18 May 1945 at Summer Court nursing home, Southborough, Kent, the son of Roy Ernest Bayly (1917–1994), merchant navy officer, later geography teacher, and his wife ...

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Beetham, Sir Michael Clarence James (1923–2015), air force officer, was born at 53 Grasmere Road, Muswell Hill, London, on 17 May 1923, the son of Major George Clarence Beetham (1891–1953), a former army officer then working as a company secretary, and his wife, ...

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Bell, Ian Mackay (1956–2015), journalist and author, was born on 7 January 1956 at the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion, Edinburgh, one of three children of Ian Robert Bell, a railway fireman, and his wife Helen Scott Connolly Hope, née Mackay, a personnel officer at the ...

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Beltrami, Joseph (Joe) (1932–2015), solicitor advocate, was born at 1 Menzies Place, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, on 15 May 1932, the son of Egidio Beltrami, restaurateur, and his wife Isabella, née Battison, sales assistant. His father, from Italian-speaking Switzerland, had come to Scotland...

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Bennet [née Howe], Bridget (fl. 1668–1699), book collector, was daughter to John Grobham Howe (1625–1679) of Langar, Nottinghamshire, and Lady Annabella Scroope (d. 1704), illegitimate daughter of Emmanuel, first earl of Sunderland. Little is known about her early years. Her notebooks provide fleeting references to her activities: she was in ...

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Bennett, Joyce Mary (1923–2015), educationist and Anglican priest, was born at 28 James Street, Marylebone, London, on 22 April 1923, the daughter of Frank Bennett (1890–1981), master butcher, and his wife, Edith Mary (Edie), née Stevens (1890–1976). Her parents had married in ...