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Baxter, Sir David, baronet (bap. 1793, d. 1872), linen manufacturer and benefactor, was born in Dundee and baptized there on 24 March 1793, the second son of William Baxter (1767–1854), linen merchant, of Balgavies, and his wife, Elisabeth (Betty) Gorell (d. 1804)...

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Coulson, William (1739–1801), linen manufacturer, was born at Lisburn, co. Antrim. His father may have been Richard Coulson, and there is some evidence to suggest that his ancestors were English settlers in co. Tyrone during the early seventeenth century. Coulson was one of the few eighteenth-century linen manufacturers in ...

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Crommelin, (Samuel-)Louis [Samuel-Lewis] (1652–1727), linen manufacturer, was born in May 1652 at Armandcourt, near St Quentin, Picardy, the son of Louis Crommelin and his wife, Mary (Marie), née Mettayer. The Crommelin family had long been landowners and flax growers in the region. Louis Crommelin...

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(Samuel-)Louis Crommelin (1652–1727) by unknown artist, c. 1690–95 photograph © Ulster Museum. Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Trustees of the National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland

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Ewart, Sir William, first baronet (1817–1889), linen manufacturer, politician, and philanthropist, was born on 11 November 1817 in Sydenham, on the outskirts of Belfast, the eldest son of William Ewart (1789–1873) and Mary Anne, née Rosen. He was educated at the Belfast Royal Academy...

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Edwin Cannan

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Flakefield, William (fl. c. 1670–1700), soldier and linen weaver, was, according to Ure, son of one Wilson of Flakefield, in the parish of East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, who became a merchant in Glasgow about 1650, and was called Flakefield in order to distinguish him from another merchant named ...

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Herdman, James (1809–1901), flax-spinning mill proprietor, was born at 15 Mill Street, Smithfield, Belfast, in 1809, the eldest child of the three sons and one daughter, Eliza, of James Herdman (1781–1817), tannery owner, and his wife, Sarah, née Griffith (d. 1848), of ...

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R. E. Anderson

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Ivory, James (1765–1842), mathematician and mill manager, born in Dundee, on 17 February 1765, was the eldest son of James Ivory, watchmaker. At the age of fourteen he matriculated at St Andrews University, and after six years' study with a view to becoming a minister of the Scottish church, he went to ...

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Langton, Thomas (1724–1794), flax merchant, was born at Kirkham, Lancashire, on 18 August 1724, the fourth of nine children of John Langton (1691–1762), woollen draper and merchant of Kirkham, and Elizabeth (d. 1766), natural daughter, and only child, of Thomas Brown of ...