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Eales, Mary (d. 1717/18?), writer on cookery and confectioner, is known almost exclusively through the texts published under her name. No details of her birth or parentage are known and it is only on the title-page to Mrs. Mary Eales's Receipts, published in 1718, that the nature and achievements of her career are suggested. Here she is described as 'confectioner to her late majesty ...

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Gunter, James (bap. 1745, d. 1819), confectioner, was born at Cross Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, where he was baptized on 18 November 1745, the eldest of the three children of Walter Gunter (b. 1717) and his wife, Mary, née Jones. The precise circumstances of ...

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Jarrin, William Alexis [Guglielmo Alexis] (1784–1848), confectioner and author, was born in Colorno, near Parma, in northern Italy, on 25 March 1784, the son of William Alexis Jarrin, merchant. Nothing more is known about his family, though the surname suggests they were not of Italian origin. ...

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William Alexis Jarrin (1784–1848) by unknown engraver, pubd 1820 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Leftwich, William (1770–1843), confectioner and ice merchant, was born in Aldford, near Chester, in 1770, the son of William Leftwich (1743/4–1809) and his wife, Martha Barns (1732/3–1818). He was descended from an old family of local landowners, the Leftwich family of Leftwich Hall, Cheshire...

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McVitie, Robert (1809–1883), baker and confectioner, was born at Nunholm, Dumfries, the son of William McVitie, farmer, and his wife, Jean Green. His father was a failed poet and a friend of Sir Walter Scott, who used his name in Rob Roy. After an apprenticeship to a ...

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Sanchez, Balthazar (d. 1602), confectioner, is of unknown antecedents, except that he was born in Jerez de los Caballeros, Badajoz, Spain, and is believed to have been comfit-maker 'early in his career' to the future King Philip II (Robinson, 2.255). Although ...

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Terry, Joseph (1793–1850), confectioner, was born on 11 November 1793 at Pocklington, Yorkshire, the son of Thomas Terry, a farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth Dales. After serving an apprenticeship, he opened an apothecary's shop in Walmgate, York. In 1823 he married Harriet, the daughter of ...