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Britton, Thomas (1644–1714), concert promoter, book collector, and coal merchant, was born on 14 January 1644 at Rushden near Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. He migrated to London where he apprenticed himself to a ‘small-coal’ (slack-coal, or charcoal) merchant near St John the Baptist's Street...

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Thomas Britton (1644–1714) by John Wollaston, 1703 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cory, John (1828–1910), coal broker and philanthropist, was born on 28 March 1828 at Bideford, the eldest of five sons of Richard Cory (1799–1882), merchant, and Sarah, both of Bideford. The father was the owner and master of a small vessel in the coastal trade, and his decision in the 1830s to open a store as ship's chandler and provision merchant in ...

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Horne, Benjamin (1698–1766), coal factor, was born on 8 September 1698 at Arundel, Sussex, the ninth of ten children of Thomas Horne (d. 1718), a glover of that town, and his wife, Susannah (d. 1734), both Quakers. In 1719 he set up in business in ...

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Picton, Cesar [Caesar] (1754/5–1836), coal merchant, was a native of Senegal who was brought to England in 1761 at the age of six to be presented, along with a parakeet and a duck, to Sir John Philipps, sixth baronet, of Norbiton Place, Kingston, Surrey...

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