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Blease, (Walter) Lyon (1884–1963), barrister and civic activist, was born on 30 May 1884 at 5 Beech Street, Fairfield, Liverpool, the second son and second of three children of Walter Blease (c.1853–1940), chartered accountant, and his wife, Mary Cecilia (d...

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Cargill, Donald [Daniel] (c. 1627–1681), field preacher and insurgent, was born at the farmhouse of Nether Cloquhat, Perthshire, the son of Lawrence Cargill (d. 1657), smallholder of Nether Cloquhat, and later notary at Rattray, and his wife, Marjory Blair. Initially destined for a career in the law ...

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Desai, Manilal Ambalal (1879–1926), lawyer, journalist, and political activist, was born in Gotalawadi, Surat, Gujarat, India, in 1879. He received his secondary education at the Mission High School in Gujarat and then moved to Bombay where he gained a law degree about 1899. He worked for a solicitor for about a decade, then opened his own firm in ...

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David Walter Ervine (1953–2007) by Ross Wilson, 2008 Ross Wilson / photograph ? Alice Burns

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Ervine, David Walter (1953–2007), paramilitary and politician, was born on 21 July 1953 at 11 Chamberlain Street, Belfast, the third son and youngest of the five children of Walter Ervine, engineering worker, and his wife, Elizabeth (Dolly), née Tate. As a boy he attended Sunday school at the local Presbyterian church but gradually drifted away from formal religious observance. He was educated at ...

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Hawksley, Bourchier Francis (1851–1915), lawyer and imperialist, was born on 4 April 1851 at Barlborough, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, the son of John Hawksley, a Church of England priest who in 1874 was commissioner to the bishop of Saskatchewan and in 1883 became an honorary canon of ...

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Lincoln, Ignatius Timotheus Trebitsch [formerly Ignácz Trebitsch; name in religion Chao Kung] (1879–1943), political adventurer, was born in Paks, Hungary, on 4 April 1879, the second son of Nathan Trebitsch (d. 1899), a merchant, and his wife, Julia, née Freund (...

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John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow (1821–1911) by E. Braconnier ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ludlow, John Malcolm Forbes (1821–1911), lawyer and social activist, was born in Neemuch, India, on 8 March 1821, the youngest in the family of two sons and three daughters of Lieutenant-Colonel John Ludlow of the East India Company, and his wife, Maria Jane...

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(Jessie) Chrystal Macmillan (1872–1937) by unknown photographer, c. 1912 Mary Evans / The Women's Library

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Macmillan, (Jessie) Chrystal (1872–1937), barrister and political activist, was born on 13 June 1872 at 8 Duke Street, Edinburgh, the only daughter in the family of nine children of John Macmillan, a wealthy tea merchant and past master of the Edinburgh Merchant Company...

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Pankhurst, Richard Marsden (1835/6–1898), barrister and political activist, was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, the second son and third of four children of Henry Francis Pankhurst (1808–1873), auctioneer, and his wife, Margaret, née Marsden (1803–1879). No exact date for his birth has been located, and census returns yield contradictory information about his age. About 1847 the family moved to ...

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Pritt, Denis Nowell (1887–1972), lawyer and political activist, was born at Fern Bank, Greenhill Park, Harlesden, Middlesex, on 22 September 1887, the younger of two children of Harry Walter Pritt, metal merchant, and his wife, Mary Owen Wilson. Educated at Winchester College (1901–5), and ...

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Denis Nowell Pritt (1887–1972) by Howard Coster, 1944 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Scully, Denys (1773–1830), barrister and political activist, was the eldest surviving son (with three brothers and two sisters) of James Scully (1738–1816), a prosperous grazier of Kilfeacle, co. Tipperary, and Catherine Lyons (1739–1818) of Croom, co. Limerick. He was born at Kilfeacle on 4 May 1773. After schooling at the ...

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Weldon [née Thomas], Georgina (1837–1914), campaigner against the lunacy laws and celebrated litigant, was born at Tooting Lodge, Clapham Common, on 24 May 1837, the eldest of three daughters and two sons of Morgan Thomas (1803–1867), a member of the Welsh landed gentry, and his wife, ...