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Dawson, Agnes (1873–1953), feminist and headteacher, was born on 7 March 1873 at 121 East Surrey Grove, Peckham, London, the daughter of Isaac Dawson, a journeyman carpenter and later master builder, and his wife, Sarah, formerly Burford. On leaving elementary school in Peckham...

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Grant, Clara Ellen (1867–1949), headmistress and settlement worker, was born on 21 June 1867 in Chapmanslade, Corsley, near Warminster, Wiltshire, the second of at least nine children of Thomas Grant, a painter and plumber, who was proprietor of an interior decoration business, and his wife, ...

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Dame Louisa Innes Lumsden (1840–1935) by Olive Edis, c. 1925 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lumsden, Dame Louisa Innes (1840–1935), promoter of women's education, headmistress, and suffragist, was born on 31 December 1840 in Aberdeen. She was the seventh and youngest child of Clements Lumsden (d. 1853), advocate and writer to the signet, and his wife, Jane (...

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Phipps, Emily Frost (1865–1943), feminist and headmistress, was born on 7 November 1865 at 9 South Hill Buildings, Stoke Damerel, Devonport, Devon, the daughter of Henry John Phipps, coppersmith at Devonport Dockyard, and his wife, Mary Ann, formerly Frost. She had a brother and a sister. On leaving elementary school she became a pupil teacher in an elementary infants' school and studied in the evenings to gain entrance to ...

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Porter, Mary Eliza (1835–1905), headmistress and promoter of women's education, was born in Chelsea, Middlesex, on 6 October 1835, and baptized at the Trevor Chapel (Independent), Bromptom Row on 14 February 1836, the eldest of three daughters of Joseph Long Porter (1809-1884...

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Procter, Jane (1810–1882), headmistress and temperance campaigner, was born on 2 November 1810 in Worsell in the parish of Kirklevington in Yorkshire, the first of the four children of James Procter (1766–1816), merchant, and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Thurnam of ...

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Silcox, Lucy Mary (1862–1947), headmistress and feminist, was born on 11 July 1862 at Warminster, Wiltshire, the eldest of four daughters of the Revd John Wesley Silcox, Methodist minister, and his wife, Betsy, née Parkinson. She was educated at Chelsea High School for Girls...

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Lucy Mary Silcox (1862–1947) by Sir Stanley Spencer, 1925 ? The Estate of Stanley Spencer 2010. All rights reserved DACS; private collection

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Walker, Mary Russell (1846–1938), headmistress and promoter of women's education, was born in Edinburgh, the first of two daughters of William Walker, accountant of the National Bank of Scotland, and his wife, Margaret Gray. She had what she described as 'a somewhat desultory' private education in ...

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Ward [née Lord], Emily Mary Jane (1850–1930), headmistress and founder of the Norland Institute for nursery-nursing, was born at Parkfield, St Alkmund, Derby, on 13 August 1850, the daughter of James Lord, barrister, and his wife, Elizabeth Mary, formerly Coy. Early in her life her parents moved to ...

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Whiston, Robert (1808–1895), headmaster and reformer of cathedral charities, was born in Derby on 20 November 1808, one of eleven children of William Whiston, solicitor, and his wife, Sarah, née Hopkinson. Educated at Repton School, he matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1827, where he was elected a scholar in 1830. He graduated BA in 1831, having been ranked among the senior optimes in the mathematical tripos and top of the second class in the classical tripos. He proceeded MA in 1834. In 1833 he was elected a fellow of ...