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Glassford, John (1715–1783), tobacco merchant, was the third son of James Glassford, a merchant and burgess in Paisley, Renfrewshire, and Euphan Smyllie. He is said to have begun in business as a textile manufacturer, and became a burgess of Edinburgh by right of his father in 1733, and four years later a burgess and guild brother of the burgh of ...

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Grantham, Sir Thomas (bap. 1641, d. 1718), tobacco trader and naval officer, was baptized on 23 December 1641, the first of three children of Thomas Grantham (d. 1643 or 1645) of Bicester, Oxfordshire. In 1664 Grantham was acting as a merchant, shipping woollen goods to ...

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Ingram, Archibald (c. 1699–1770), tobacco merchant and civic leader, rose to prominence from obscure origins, possibly in Ayrshire. He started in business as a street vendor while a boy and then married an armourer's daughter, Janet Simpson (d. 1742), on 16 August 1727, becoming a ...

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Toplis, John (bap. 1775, d. 1857), mathematical teacher and translator, was born in Nottingham, where he was baptized at St Peter’s Church on 25 April 1775, the only child of John Toplis (d. 8 May 1801), an impoverished mercer and haberdasher, and his wife, ...