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Anderson, Adam (1692–1765), historian of commerce, was born in Aberdeen, and was baptized on 2 May 1692 at St Nicholas's Church, Aberdeen, the son of James Anderson and his wife, Jean, née Campbell, but nothing else is known about his origins or early life, although he did take university arts classes at ...

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Reader, William Joseph [Bill] (1920–1990), business historian, was born on 20 November 1920 at 16 Queens Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, the only child of Kenneth Joseph Reader, a poultry farmer, and his wife, Ethel, née Till. His parents separated when he was a child and he did not meet his father again until he was an adult. Brought up in ...