[rang-kin] /ˈræŋ kɪn/

Jeannette, 1880–1973, U.S. women’s-rights leader and pacifist: first woman elected to Congress; served 1917–19, 1941–43.
Ian. born 1960, Scottish novelist; best known for his series of novels featuring Edinburgh detective Inspector Rebus, beginning with Knots and Crosses (1987)


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