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Barnes, Isaac Edmestone (1857–1930), land surveyor and businessman, was born on 2 June 1857 in Highholborn Street, Kingston, Jamaica, the eldest legitimate son of William Barnes (1832–1891) and his wife, Amelia, née Johnson (c.1834–1893), coffee planters of Kraal district in the mountains of ...

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Sir (Charles) Harold Bellman (1886–1963) by Lafayette, 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Geoffrey Shakespeare

revised by Robert Brown

Bellman, Sir (Charles) Harold (1886–1963), building society manager, was born in Paddington on 16 February 1886, the second son of Charles Henry Bellman, coach builder, and his wife, Ellen Clemens, both of Cornish origin. After attending a higher-grade school in Kilburn until the age of fourteen he entered the ...

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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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Burt, Edmund (d. 1755), author and rent collector, is known to have been born in England and in 1725 to have referred to his wife's being in London. On 31 May of the same year he was appointed receiver-general and collector of rents on the unsold forfeited estates in ...

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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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Grogan, William (1824–1891), estate agent, was born on 3 August 1824 in Pollen Street, Westminster, the son of Nicholas Grogan (d. c.1845), tea dealer and wine merchant, and his wife, Sarah Bean. He may have been the William Grogan who was briefly in partnership about 1848–9 with ...

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Harper, Sir Edgar Josiah (1860–1934), land valuer and civil servant, was born on 15 January 1860 at 11 Beaumont Square, Mile End, London, the third son of Henry Harper, a merchant's clerk, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Burletson (b. 1826?). He was educated privately in ...

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Hill, Sir Enoch (1865–1942), building society manager, was born on 10 September 1865 at Ball Haye Green, Leek, Staffordshire, the eldest of the four sons and three daughters of Henry Hill and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, both of whom were manual workers in the silk-spinning industry. ...

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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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A. T. S. Goodrick

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

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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Lisle, Aubrey Edwin Orchard- (1908–1989), commercial estate agent, was born on 12 March 1908, at Crediton, Devon, the second of four sons of Edwin Orchard-Lisle and his wife, Lucy Ellen Lock. He was educated at West Buckland School, north Devon, and later attended the ...

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Losse, Hugh (d. 1555), administrator and property speculator, was born in Needham, in the south of Norfolk, probably in the early sixteenth century. He had at least one brother, Thomas, and two sisters, Margaret and Rose. Little is known of his early life but it seems likely that he remained in ...

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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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Joseph Pitt (1759–1842) by William Mulready, early 19th cent. © The Cheltenham Trust and Cheltenham Borough Council

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Pitt, Joseph (1759–1842), property developer and politician, was born in 1759 at Little Witcombe, a hamlet in Badgeworth, Gloucestershire, where he was baptized at the parish church on 24 June, the youngest of five sons of Joseph Pitt, a yeoman farmer, and his wife, ...

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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, ...