James McCudden

James McCudden (28 March 1895 – 9 July 1918) was a flying ace of the Great War. In 1913 he followed an elder brother into the Royal Flying Corps as an air mechanic in 3 squadron and rose in the ranks before qualifying as a pilot in 1916. He earned ace status in early 1917 […]

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Caroline Fox, Baroness Holland

Caroline Fox, Baroness Holland (27 March 1723 – 24 July 1774) was a noblewoman. She was the eldest child of Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond. Her life changed in 1744 when she chose to get secretly married to aspiring politician Henry Fox against the wishes of her family, who distanced themselves from her. She […]

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William Forsyth

William Forsyth (baptised 25 March 1737 – 25 July 1804) was a horticulturist. Apprenticed in the gardens of Haddo House he moved to London to work at Chelsea Physic Garden. In 1763 he was appointed head gardener at Syon House then returned to head up Chelsea Physic Garden in 1771. By the 1780s he was […]

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Dame Bridget D’Oyly Carte

Dame Bridget D’Oyly Carte (25 March 1908 – 2 May 1985) was a theatre manager. She was granddaughter to Richard D’Oyly Carte, founder of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and controller of the copyrights to the joint works of Gilbert and Sullivan. After her father died in 1948 she inherited the company and became a […]

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Hannah Glasse

Hannah Glasse (baptised 24 March 1708 – 1 September 1770) was a cookery writer. She married in 1724 and had ten children, five of whom survived through to adulthood. Over 200 people subscribed to her first book The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy, published in 1746, and more for second and third editions […]

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Brian Clough

Brian Clough (21 March 1935 – 20 September 2004) was a footballer and football manager. Following a footballing career at Middlesborough, Clough qualified as a coach then managed fourth division Hartlepools United, joined by fellow Middlesborough player Peter Taylor. Moving to second division Derby County in 1968, he achieved promotion then won the first division […]

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Dame Jane Forbes

Dame Jane Forbes (21 March 1899 – 18 June 1971) was the first director of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). Varied business interests in kennels, nursing canine homes, housing trusts and dry cleaners and after the Second World War sandwiched her wartime appointments, first as chief instructor of the ATS School of Instruction in […]

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Jessie King

Jessie King (20 March 1875 – 3 August 1849) was an illustrator and designer. She studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1892 to 1899, where, working in pen and ink and watercolour, she developed her drawing style, characterised by patterned surface, elongated lines and arabesque forms in lettered frames. From 1899 to 1902 she […]

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Thomas Cooper

Thomas Cooper (20 March 1805 – 15 July 1892) was a Chartist and religious lecturer. Self-educated, he initially opened a school but switched to journalism in the mid-1830s, first in Lincoln, then in Leicester where he was to become a leader of the Chartists, editing their journals including The Commonwealthman. Cooper was imprisoned for two […]

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Sir William Bilsland

Sir William Bilsland (17 March 1847 – 27 August 1921) was a bread and biscuit manufacturer. After serving a grocer’s apprenticeship in Glasgow, in 1872 he set up bakeries in Glasgow, and from 1877 traded as Bilsland Brothers. The company grew steadily, with the brothers paying themselves a modest wage, so that by 1900 they […]

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