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Beattie, David Wilson (1938–1991), venture capitalist, was born on 30 September 1938 at Tir-na-Nog, Carleton Road, Carlisle, Cumberland, the elder son and second child in the family of two sons and two daughters of Ronald Joseph Edward Beattie and his wife, Margaret Knott, ...

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Blake, Charles Henry (1794–1872), property speculator, was born in Calcutta, the son of Benjamin Blake, a sea captain who had been plying the route to India since 1775. Soon after 1794 his father left the sea and became an indigo planter in Bengal...

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Campbell, Lord Neil, of Ardmaddie (c. 1630–1692), colonial speculator, was the second of six children of Archibald Campbell, marquess of Argyll (1605x7–1661), and his wife, Lady Margaret (1610–1678), second daughter of William Douglas, seventh earl of Morton; his parents lived mainly at Inveraray, Argyll...

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Croghan, George (d. 1782), colonial official and land speculator in America, was born in Dublin, though further details of his parents and upbringing are uncertain. Before moving to America in 1741 he is known to have married. His daughter Susannah was born in 1750. In later life he lived with the daughter of a Mohawk chief, with whom he had a second daughter, ...

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Gage, Joseph Edward (c. 1687–1766), adventurer, the younger son of Joseph Gage (1652–1700) and his wife, Elizabeth Penruddock (d. 1693), was born about 1687. His father, the third son of Sir Thomas Gage, of Firle, Sussex, inherited Shirburn Castle, Oxfordshire, about 1682 on the death of his aunt ...

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Kemp, Thomas Read (1782–1844), property speculator, was born on 23 December 1782, at 169 High Street, Lewes, Sussex, the younger surviving child and only son of Thomas Kemp (bap. 1745, d. 1811), wool merchant and MP, and his wife, Anne (1748/9–1807), daughter of ...

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Lempriere, Charles (1818–1901), politician and speculator, born at Exeter on 21 September 1818, was second son of John Lemprière (c. 1765–1824), compiler of the Classical Dictionary, and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Deane of Salisbury. He entered Merchant Taylors' School in February 1825 and matriculated at ...

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See Lennox, Charles Gordon-, fifth duke of Richmond and fifth duke of Lennox

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Mackreth, Sir Robert (bap. 1727, d. 1819), speculator and politician, obscured his origins from contemporaries, but was almost certainly from Kendal, Westmorland (he left £50 to the poor there, as well as some property and a bequest to a female relative). The only indication from local records has him baptized at ...

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Macleane, Lauchlin [formerly Laughlin McLean] (1728/9–1778), political agent and speculator, was born some time between 30 May 1728 and 29 May 1729, at either Ballymoney or Rasharkin, both in co. Antrim, Ireland. He was the eldest of four children of the Revd John McLean (1699–1765)...

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Mahon, Charles James Patrick [known as the O'Gorman Mahon] (1800–1891), politician and financial speculator, was born into a prominent Catholic family at Ennis, co. Clare, on about 17 March 1800, the eldest of four children. His father, Patrick Mahon of New Park...

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Perrot, Robert (c. 1478–1550), church musician and land speculator, was the second son of George Perrot, gentleman, of Haroldston, near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, and Isabel Langdale of Langdale, near Scarborough, Yorkshire. He was born at Hackness, immediately neighbouring Langdale. Of his education and musical training nothing is known, though an early connection with ...

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Powles, John Diston (1787–1867), company promoter and speculator, was born in Helsingor, Denmark, on 16 December 1787, the eldest of the nine sons of Richard Powles (1763–1807), an artist who worked in Lowestoft and also in Denmark before becoming a merchant in London...

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Russell, Thomas (1830–1904), financier and land speculator, was born in Cork, the first of six children of Thomas Russell (1808–1873), carpenter, and Mary Roberts (1811–1847), ward of a Church of Ireland rector. The Russells left Ireland with the infant Thomas in 1833. After seven years in ...

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Scully, William Francis John (1821–1906), land speculator, was born on 23 November 1821 at Kilfeacle House, co. Tipperary, Ireland, the youngest child of Denys Scully (1773–1830), barrister and political activist, and his wife, Catherine Eyre (d. 1843). One of his brothers was ...

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Shelton, Jerome (c. 1500–1555x60), property speculator and royal official, was a younger son of Nicholas Shelton (d. 1515), resident in the parish of St Thomas of Acon, London, freeman and master of the Mercers' Company, and sheriff and alderman of London, and his second wife, ...

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Stradling, Sir Edward, second baronet (bap. 1600, d. 1644), speculator and royalist army officer, was baptized at St Donat's Church, St Donats, Glamorgan, on 9 November 1600, the eldest son of Sir John Stradling, first baronet (1563–1637) of St Donats and his wife, ...

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Templeton, Sir John Marks (1912–2008), investment adviser and philanthropist, was born on 29 November 1912 in Winchester, Tennessee, USA, one of two sons of Harvey Maxwell Templeton, a lawyer who also dealt in property, and his wife, Vella, née Handly. Inheriting his parents' active presbyterianism, ...

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White, James (1877–1927), property developer and speculator, was born on 17 May 1877 at 16A Sun Place, Rochdale, the son of Thomas White, bricklayer, and his wife, Catherine Mullroy. He was educated at St John's Roman Catholic School, Rochdale. At the age of ten he began working half-time in a cotton mill, and at nineteen he allegedly bought a ...