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Clayton, Nathaniel (1811–1890), engineer and manufacturer of steam engines, was born on 25 August 1811 at Lincoln, the second son of Nathaniel Clayton (d. 1827), of Lincoln. His father was the proprietor of a horse-drawn packet boat that plied the River Witham...

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England, George (1811/12–1878), engineer and locomotive builder, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. He was probably the George England baptized on 28 July 1811 in Newcastle, son of George England and Mary Whinney. Both were presumably English. George England trained at John Penn's...

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Greene, Sidney Francis, Baron Greene of Harrow Weald (1910–2004), trade unionist, was born at 45 Warlock Road, Paddington, London, on 12 February 1910, the son of Frank James Greene, whose main, though not only, occupation was to drive a horse-drawn van, and his wife, ...

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Hedley, William (1779–1843), designer and maker of steam locomotives, was born at Newburn, near Newcastle upon Tyne, on 13 July 1779, the second son in a family of eight children, of William Hedley, a grocer. He was educated at a school at Wylam...

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Kitson, James (1807–1885), ironmaster and locomotive builder, was born in Leeds on 27 October 1807, the eldest of six children of a licensed victualler and his wife. He may be the James Kitson who was baptized in Leeds on 3 January 1808, the son of ...

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Kitson, James, first Baron Airedale (1835–1911), locomotive manufacturer and politician, was born on 22 September 1835 at Leeds, the second of four sons of James Kitson (1807–1885) of Elmet Hall, Leeds, and his wife, Ann, daughter of John Newton of Leeds. The elder ...

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Lorimer, Sir William (1844–1922), locomotive engineer and industrialist, was born on 4 November 1844 in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, son of William Lorimer, house factor, and Margaret Whigham. Little is known about his family origins and early life in Sanquhar. He attended the local parish school and at the age of fifteen joined the ...

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Neilson, Walter Montgomerie (1819–1889), railway locomotive manufacturer, was born in Cowcaddens, Glasgow, on 28 November 1819, the eldest son of James Beaumont Neilson (1792–1865), engineer and inventor, and his first wife, Barbara Montgomerie (1796–1843). Patent royalties from his father's invention of a process to convert blackband ironstone into pig-iron by introducing a blast of hot air into a furnace enabled the purchase in 1851 of the ...

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Walter Montgomerie Neilson (1819–1889) by unknown photographer, c. 1870 Glasgow City Archives; licensor SCRAN

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Worsdell family (per. c. 1800–1910), coach and carriage builders and engineers, originated with Thomas Clarke Worsdell (1788–1862), born on 3 December 1788 at Hayes, near Bromley in Kent. He was the son of Thomas Clarke Worsdell (1748–1826), a market gardener in ...