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Boulton, Matthew (1728–1809), manufacturer and entrepreneur, was born on 14 September 1728 at New Hall Walk, Snow Hill, Birmingham, one of four children, three of whom survived to adulthood, of Matthew Boulton (d. 1759), toy manufacturer and merchant, and his wife, Christiana Piers (...

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Bulloch, John (1805–1882), brass-finisher and literary scholar, was a native of Aberdeen. For most of his life he worked as a brass-finisher, and lived in very humble circumstances, but he devoted much of his leisure to literary pursuits. He contributed to The Athenaeum...

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Champion family (per. c. 1670–1794), metal manufacturers and merchants, came to prominence with Nehemiah [ii] Champion (1649–1722), son of Nehemiah [i] Champion (b. 1614). As a merchant dealing countrywide in iron goods, and a Quaker from about 1670, Nehemiah [ii]...

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Clapham, Sir Michael John Sinclair (1912–2002), printer and industrialist, was born on 17 January 1912 at 55 Bateman Street, Cambridge, the only son (there were three daughters) of Sir John Harold Clapham (1873–1946), economic historian, and his wife, Mary Margaret, née Green, daughter of a ...

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Coster family (per. c. 1685–1764), copper smelters, came to prominence with John [ii] Coster (1647–1718). Born probably in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, he was the second of three sons of John [i] Coster (1615–1678), iron-forge manager or smelter in the forest. ...

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