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Finlay, Kirkman (1773–1842), cotton merchant, was born in April 1773 in the Gallowgate, Glasgow, the second son of James Finlay (1727–1790), a minor Glasgow textile merchant, and his wife, Abigail, née Whirry, the daughter of an innkeeper at Whitehaven, Cumberland. James Finlay had the foresight to invite ...

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Kirkman Finlay (1773–1842) by Robert Charles Bell (after John Graham Gilbert) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pallis, Alexander (1850–1935), cotton merchant and translator, was born Alexandros Alexandrou Palles on 15 March 1850 at Piraeus, Greece, the youngest child in the family of three sons and one daughter of Alexandros Anastasiou Pales, later Palles (1808/9–1849/50), magistrate, descended from Epirot landowners, and his wife, ...

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Paton, Alexander Allan (1874–1934), cotton merchant and broker, was the only son of the five children of Alexander Allan Paton (1837–1904) and his wife, Marie, the daughter of John Crowshaw of New York. His father was a successful Scottish-American cotton merchant who had emigrated to the ...

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Alexander Allan Paton (1874–1934) by Lafayette, 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Petit, Sir Dinshaw Manockjee, first baronet (1823–1901), cotton merchant and philanthropist in India, was born at Bombay on 30 June 1823, the elder of two sons of Manockjee Nasarwanji Petit (1803–1859), a Parsi merchant, and his wife, Bai Humabai (1809–1851), daughter of J. D. ...

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Sir Dinshaw Manockjee Petit, first baronet (1823–1901) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sudell, Henry (1763/4–1856), cotton merchant and manufacturer, was baptized on 4 May 1764 at St Mary's Church, Blackburn, the only child of Henry Sudell, a merchant and cotton hand-loom manufacturer who died in 1763 before his son's birth, and his wife, Alice (1742–1823)...

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Walker, Thomas (1749–1817), cotton merchant and political reformer, was born on 3 April 1749 in Manchester, the eldest son of a local merchant who originally lived in Bristol. Although very little is known of Walker's childhood, it was during these formative years that he became acquainted with the writings of ...