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Brown, Richard (1736–1816), stonemason and manufacturer of decorative stone, was born in Derby and baptized at the collegiate church of All Saints on 25 July 1736, son of Richard Browne [Richard [i] Brown] (1700–1756), mason, and his second wife, Ann, née...

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Coade, Eleanor (1733–1821), manufacturer of artificial stone, was born on 3 June 1733 in Exeter, the elder daughter (there were no sons) of George Coade, wool merchant, of Exeter, and his wife, Eleanor, daughter of Thomas Enchmarch, wool merchant, of Tiverton, Devon. She was brought up as a nonconformist. The family remained in ...

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Fyfe, John (1830–1906), granite quarry master, was born at Goodhope, Bucksburn, Aberdeenshire, the eldest son of James Fyfe (d. 1846), quarry master, and his wife, Elizabeth Strachan. The region had for over two centuries been associated with the extraction of granite, and quarrying reached its peak in the latter half of the nineteenth century, when ...

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Holland, Samuel (1803–1892), slate industrialist and railway promoter, was born on 17 October 1803 in Duke Street, Liverpool, the youngest son and fifth child of Samuel Holland (1768–1851), merchant, and his wife, Katherine Menzies (d. 1847). He had two brothers and three sisters and was educated at the ...

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MacDonald, Alexander (1794–1860), granite manufacturer, was born at Foss on the banks of the Tummel in Perthshire, the son of William MacDonald, farmer, and his wife, Isabella Stewart. Little is known about his early life, but after completing an elementary education, he worked as a farm labourer before serving an apprenticeship as a stonemason. In 1820 at the age of twenty-six he moved to ...

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Pennant, George Sholto Gordon Douglas-, second Baron Penrhyn (1836–1907), landowner and quarry owner, was born on 30 September 1836 at Linton Springs, Yorkshire, the elder son and third child of Edward Gordon Douglas (1800–1886), third son of John Douglas, second son of James Douglas, ...

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Pennant, Richard, Baron Penrhyn (c. 1737–1808), slate manufacturer and politician, was the second son of John Pennant (d. 1782), merchant, and his wife, Bonella Hodges (d. 1763), who were resident in Jamaica. His father was descended from Thomas Pennant, the fifteenth-century abbot of ...

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Smith, George William Duff Assheton (1848–1904), quarry owner and landowner, was born on 17 May 1848 in London, the eldest son of Robert George Duff (b. 1819), of Wellington Lodge, Isle of Wight, and Mary Astley (d. 1874). He had two brothers, ...

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Smith, Thomas Assheton (1776–1858), quarry owner and sportsman, was born in Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, London, on 2 August 1776. He was the second of the nine children of Thomas Assheton Smith (1752–1828), a landowner and MP, and his wife, Elizabeth (...