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Ashby, Joseph (1859–1919), farmer and social reformer, was born in Tysoe in Warwickshire on 13 June 1859, the son of an unmarried servant, Elizabeth Ashby. His father was the husband of Elizabeth's mistress, yet, common as such births were, Ashby's was in some ways different. His father provided for him but his mother, a fiercely independent woman, refused to use the money. More importantly his mother's branch of the ...

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Matthew, Patrick (1790–1874), arboriculturist and social reformer, was born at a farm named Rome on the River Tay near Scone, Perthshire, on 20 October 1790, the son of John Matthew (d. 1808), a gentleman farmer, and his wife, Agnes Duncan, a relative of ...

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Turnor, Christopher Hatton (1873–1940), agricultural and social reformer, was born at Toronto, Canada, on 23 November 1873, the only child of Christopher Hatton Turnor, evangelist, and Alice Margaret, eldest daughter of Hamilton H. Killally, of Toronto; the Turnor family had been wealthy landowners who had lived at ...