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Ashley, Sir William James (1860–1927), economic historian, was born at 11 Sun Street, Bermondsey, London, on 25 February 1860. He was the eldest son of James Ashley, a journeyman hatter from Wrexham, Denbighshire, and his wife, Jane (née Short). He was educated at ...

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Ashton, Thomas Southcliffe (1889–1968), economic historian, was born at Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, on 11 January 1889, the second son and third child of Thomas Ashton, manager of the local Trustee Savings Bank, and his wife, Susan Sutcliffe. From Ashton under Lyne secondary school...

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Beresford, Maurice Warwick (1920–2005), economic historian, was born on 6 February 1920 at 403 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, the only son of Harry Bertram Beresford, a manager in a warehouse supplying chemists' shops, and his wife, Nora Elizabeth, née Jefferies. He had a particularly close relationship with his mother, and later dedicated a book to her. He attended local elementary schools and ...

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Maurice Warwick Beresford (1920–2005) by Zigmund Baumann © Zigmund Baumann

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Berrill, Sir Kenneth Ernest (1920–2009), economic historian and public servant, was born on 28 August 1920 at 79 Coronation Avenue, Stoke Newington, London, the only child of Stanley Ernest Berrill (1896–1984), a clerk in a men's outfitters, and his wife, Lilian May, née...

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Mark Blaug (1927–2011) by unknown photographer, 1970s photograph reproduced by courtesy of The British Academy

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Blaug, Mark (1927–2011), economist and historian of economics, was born Norbert Blauaug on 3 April 1927 in The Hague, Netherlands, the second son of Berl Blauaug (later Bernard Blaug), raincoat manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah, née Toeman. His father had Austro-Hungarian nationality and his mother was English. They were a Jewish family but ...

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Clapham, Sir John Harold (1873–1946), economic historian, was born at Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, on 13 September 1873, the younger son of John Clapham, jeweller and silversmith, and his second wife, Mary Jane, daughter of John Chambers, accountant, of Manchester. There were two sons and a daughter....

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Sir John Harold Clapham (1873–1946) by Lafayette, 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coleman, Donald Cuthbert (1920–1995), economic historian, was born on 21 January 1920 at Martlesham, Long Lane, Finchley, Middlesex, the son of Hugh Augustus Coleman, civil servant, and his wife, Marian Stella Agnes, née Cuthbert. Educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School, he left in 1939 to enter the ...