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Bilsland, (Alexander) Steven, Baron Bilsland (1892–1970), banker and Scottish business leader, was born on 13 September 1892, at 28 Park Circus, Glasgow, second but only surviving son of Sir William Bilsland, first baronet (1847–1921), and his wife, Agnes Ann Steven (d. 1935)...

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Colls, (John) Howard (1846–1910), builder and employers' leader, was born on 30 August 1846 at Camberwell, Surrey, the second son of Benjamin Colls (1813–1878), housepainter and builder, and Elizabeth Jackson. Early in life he acquired practical skills in his father's joinery workshop. In 1867 he married ...

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Haslett, Dame Caroline Harriet (1895–1957), electrical engineer and electricity industry administrator, was born at Worth, Sussex, on 17 August 1895, the second of the five children of Robert Haslett (b. c.1864, d. after 1957), a railway signal fitter and a pioneer of the co-operative movement, and his wife, ...

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Dame Caroline Harriet Haslett (1895–1957) by Sir Gerald Kelly, c. 1949 © reserved; by courtesy of the Royal Society of Arts / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hindley, John Scott, Viscount Hyndley (1883–1963), businessman and coal industry administrator, was born in Margate on 24 October 1883, the son of the Revd William Talbot Hindley (1845–1906), vicar of Holy Trinity, Margate, and his wife, Caroline, daughter of John Scott. He was educated from 1899 to 1901 at ...

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Lowry, Sir (John) Patrick [Pat] (1920–2001), industrial relations officer, was born at 13A Mayow Road, Sydenham, London, on 31 March 1920, the son of John McArdle Lowry, a Ministry of Labour official who became head of the local Engineering Employers' Federation (EEF) office, and his wife, ...

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Smith, Sir Allan MacGregor (1871–1941), employers' leader and politician, was born on 19 May 1871 at 236 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, the second of eight children of Alexander Smith, master house-painter and a native of Elgin, and his wife, Agnes Welsh Campbell, from Glen Orchy...

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Snedden, Sir Richard (1900–1970), shipping industry administrator, was born on 18 April 1900 in Edinburgh, the elder son of George Snedden, lawyer, and his wife, Ada Inkpin (née Wright). He was educated at George Watson's Boys' College. After army service in 1918, he proceeded to the ...

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Williams, Sir Evan, baronet (1871–1959), coal owner and employers' representative, was born at Llwynhendy, Pontarddulais, Carmarthenshire, on 2 July 1871, the elder son of Thomas Williams, coal owner, of Llwyn Gwern, Pontarddulais, and his wife, Mary Williams (née Harry). Like D. A. Thomas...