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Anstie, John (1743–1830), clothier, was born on 7 September 1743 in Devizes, the eldest son of John Anstie (1698–1779), grocer and snuff maker, and his third wife, Mary (née Sharpe). He was baptized at Devizes Baptist Church, and later became a prominent member of the congregation. On 4 April 1780 he married ...

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Arthur, James (1819–1885), clothing retailer and manufacturer, was born on 6 March 1819 in Arthurlie, near Paisley, Renfrewshire, one of the two sons of Matthew Arthur (b. 1795), a bleachworks proprietor near Neilston, Renfrewshire, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Fraser. In 1837, after serving a brief apprenticeship in a draper's shop in ...

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Ashe, John (1597–1659), clothier and parliamentarian activist, was born in Westcombe, Somerset, the eldest son of James Ashe (d. 1646), clothier, and his wife, Grace Pitt, daughter of Richard Pitt of Weymouth. He was baptized at Batcombe, in the same county, on 27 October 1597. He married ...

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Blundell, Peter (c. 1520–1601), clothier and philanthropist, was born in Tiverton, Devon, of humble parentage. As a boy he saw the little community freed from the dominance of the Courtenay earls of Devon, and he lived to see it, untrammelled by either civic or industrial regulation, and somewhat encouraged by the protestant ethic, enter a period of considerable growth and prosperity based on the manufacture of kerseys, the woollen cloths in which the town and its immediate hinterland specialized. Whether the young ...

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Thomas Burberry (1835–1926) by unknown photographer Burberry Heritage Archive

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Burberry, Thomas (1835–1926), men's outfitter, was born on 27 August 1835 at Brockham Green, near Dorking, Surrey, the son of Thomas Burberry, farmer and nonconformist. Following an elementary education at Brockham Green village school, Burberry was apprenticed to a local draper's shop before opening his own outfitting business in 1856 in ...

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William Stephens Clark (1839–1925) by William Strang, 1912 Clarks International

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Clark, William Stephens (1839–1925), shoe manufacturer and retailer, was born on 22 February 1839 at Street in Somerset, the third of fourteen children of James C. Clark (1811–1906), rug and shoe manufacturer of Street, and Eleanor, née Stephens (1812–1879), of Bridport. He was educated at ...

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Colman, Cecil (1878–1954), shoe manufacturer and retailer, was born on 30 May 1878 in Bournemouth, one of nine children of the Revd Robert Colman, Baptist minister, and his wife, Sophia (née Allen). His father was the son of a partner in the mustard firm of ...

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Edgar, William (1790/91–1869), haberdasher, was born at Kirk St Andrew, Cumberland, the son of a farmer. Nothing is known of his schooling, but it was said that Edgar came to London where he had a stall in St James's market, Westminster, under which he used to sleep at night. He then joined forces with ...

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Fella, Thomas (bap. 1556, d. 1639), draper and calligrapher, was born at Bramfield, 2 miles south of Halesworth, Suffolk, and baptized at St Andrew's Church, Bramfield, on 8 November 1556. He was the son, and one of the five surviving children, of Robert Fella (...

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Fludyer, Sir Samuel, first baronet (1704/5–1768), clothier and merchant, was born in 1704, or possibly in 1705, the first son of Samuel Fludyer and Elizabeth de Monsallier, his wife. The elder Fludyer was a Somerset clothier who had moved his business from Frome...

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Goodchild, John (1697–1756), linen draper and philanthropic society administrator, was born early in the year 1697. Nothing is recorded of his parents but he had a brother Thomas who was a purveyor of dairy produce to the royal household. John Goodchild was described as a gentleman of the parish of ...

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Hepworth, Joseph (1834–1911), clothing manufacturer and retailer, was born on 12 May 1834 at Lindley, Huddersfield, the son of George Hepworth, shoemaker. He left school and entered the textile trade at the age of ten, working at Joseph Walker's woollen mill in Lindley...

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Jones, Sir (David) Fletcher (1895–1977), clothing manufacturer and retailer, was born on 14 August 1895 at Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, the fifth child of Samuel Henry Jones, a blacksmith from Cornwall, and his Australian-born wife, Mahala, née Johns (d. 1897). Samuel remarried and had a second family. ...

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Merrey, Walter (bap. 1723, d. 1799), hosier and numismatist, was baptized on 15 December 1723 at the church of St Martin's-le-Grand, Coney Street, York, the son of Samuel Merrey and his wife, Mary Knapton. According to the Nottingham historian John Blackner (1815), Merrey...

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Methuen, Paul (1613–1667), clothier, was born on 13 October 1613 at Frome, Somerset, the youngest of the three sons of Anthony Methwin (c.1574–1640), vicar of St John's Church, Frome (of Scottish extraction), and his wife, Jane (1579–1641), daughter and heir of ...

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Paul, Sir Onesiphorus, first baronet (bap. 1706, d. 1774), clothier, the son of Nicholas Paul, a clothier of Woodchester, Gloucestershire, and his wife, Elizabeth, the daughter of Thomas Dean, was born in Woodchester, and baptized at Rodborough on 2 March 1706. The family claimed to be of Huguenot descent. His grandfather and great-grandfather had both been clergymen, the former an ...

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Paycocke [Peycocke], Thomas (d. 1518), clothier, was a younger son of John Paycocke of Coggeshall (d. 1505) and his wife, Emma. His father was described as a butcher, though this must understate the range and interest of his activities. There were many families of ...

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Pearse, John (bap. 1759, d. 1836), clothier and financier, was baptized at St Margaret's, Lothbury, London, on 19 December 1759, the eldest of the three sons of Nicholas Pearse (d. 1795), clothier, and his wife, Sarah (d. in or after 1770)...