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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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Bolts, William [formerly Willem Bolst] (1739–1808), merchant and speculator, was born on 7 February 1739 on the continent, probably in Germany. However, as a child he lived in Britain, and he became an apprentice in a London merchant house. He was acting in a commercial capacity 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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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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Grainger, Richard (1797–1861), builder and property speculator, was born on 9 October 1797 in High Friar Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, the youngest of the six children of Thomas Grainger (d. c.1810), a quayside porter, and his wife, Amelia, née Burt or Brunt (1755–1835)...

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Herbert, Lady Mary (1686–1775), speculator and mining entrepreneur, was the eldest of the six children born to William Herbert, second marquess of Powis (1657x61–1745), and his wife, Mary (b. after 1664, d. 1724), elder daughter and coheir of Sir Thomas Preston, baronet...

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Imlay, Gilbert (1754–1828), land speculator and author, was born on 9 February 1754 in Monmouth county, New Jersey, the son of Peter Imlay, landowner. His upbringing remains obscure but it is known that he served as a paymaster and lieutenant in the American revolutionary army in the American War of Independence between 1777 and 1778 before being wounded in action. Following his military service ...