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Cornelius Walford

revised by Robert Brown

Ansell, Charles (1794–1881), actuary, was born in Paddington, London, on 8 December 1794, the eldest son of Thomas Ansell (1758–1808) of Lewisham, and his wife Sarah Eleanor Algar (1765–1829). He was employed by the Atlas Fire and Life Assurance Company in 1808, and took a prominent position on the staff in 1810. In 1823 he was appointed actuary of the life branch of the company, and held the office until 1864, when he retired from active official life, but remained the consulting actuary of the company. He also filled a similar post in the ...

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Barrett, George (1752–1821), actuary, was the son of a farmer of Wheeler Street, a small hamlet in Surrey. At an early age he developed an aptitude for mathematics, taking a special interest in calculations relating to the duration of human life. Despite working as a schoolmaster, and subsequently as a land steward, he developed a series of life-assurance and annuity tables over a period of twenty-five years. In 1813 he was appointed actuary to the ...

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Cornelius Walford

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Brown, Samuel (1811–1875), actuary and statistician, was born in London on 24 March 1811, the second son in the family of five sons and two daughters of John Aquila Brown (d. 1830), a silversmith, and his wife, Ann Eliza, née Truss (...

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Cleghorn, James (1778–1838), actuary and author, was born at Duns, Berwickshire. Although lame from birth, he was for some time a farmer, but in 1811 he moved to Edinburgh where he edited the Farmer's Magazine. In 1817 William Blackwood appointed Cleghorn and Thomas Pringle...

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G. C. Boase

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Davies, Griffith (1788–1855), actuary, son of Owen Davies (1761–1854), farmer and quarryman, and his wife, Mary William, was born at Tŷ Croes, at the foot of Cilgwyn Mountain, in the parish of Llandwrog, Caernarvonshire, on 28 December 1788. He was taught to read and spell in Welsh at the ...

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Deuchar, John James Walker (1851–1911), actuary and insurance company manager, was born on 24 September 1851 in Edinburgh, the youngest of five sons of John Deuchar (1786–1863), lecturer in chemistry at Edinburgh University, and his wife, Jane, daughter of James Walker, a publisher in ...

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G. J. Gray

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Dodson, James (c. 1705–1757), mathematician and actuary, was the son of John Dodson (b. 1675), citizen and freeman of the Merchant Taylors' Company, and his wife, Elizabeth, who died shortly after his birth. His grandfather, also John Dodson, was a tailor of ...

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Edmonds, Thomas Rowe (1803–1889), actuary and political economist, was born on 20 June 1803 in Penzance, the third of seven children of Richard Edmonds (1774–1860), solicitor, and town clerk of Marazion, Cornwall, and his wife, Elizabeth (1770–1840), daughter of Thomas Nicholas and his wife, ...

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Finlaison, John (1783–1860), civil servant and government actuary, was born on 27 August 1783 at Thurso, Caithness, the eldest son of Donald Finlayson (1761–1790), fisherman, who had six children, and his wife, Isobel Guthrie, née Sutherland (b. 1761). His parents were both Scottish. As a youth ...

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