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Blackett, Sir William, first baronet (1657–1705), landowner and mine owner, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne on 5 April 1657. He was the eighth child and third surviving son of Sir William Blackett, also first baronet (1621–1680), and his first wife, Elizabeth (...

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Bruce, Sir George (c. 1550–1625), mining industrialist and landowner, was probably born about 1550, the youngest of the three sons of Sir Edward Bruce (1505–1565) of Blairhall near Culross, in Perthshire, and Alison Reid of Aitkenhead, a sister of the bishop of Orkney...

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Clerk, Sir John, of Penicuik, first baronet (1649/50–1722), landowner and coal owner, was born probably at Penicuik in Edinburghshire, the son of John Clerk (1611–1674), merchant and art collector, and Mary (bap. 1630, d. in or before 1668), the daughter of Sir William Gray...

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Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, first baronet (1649/5050–1722) by William Aikman, 1700 in the collection of Sir John Clerk of Penicuik House

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Newdigate, Sir Richard, second baronet (1644–1710), landowner and mining entrepreneur, was born on 5 May 1644, the eighth child and third (but first surviving) son of Richard Newdigate (1602–1678) and his wife, Juliana (c.1610–1685), sister of Sir Francis Leigh, Baron Dunsmore...

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Pryse [Price], Sir Carbery, fourth baronet (d. 1694), mine owner and landowner, was the son of Carbery Pryse (Price), landowner, and his wife, Hester, daughter of Sir Bulstrode Whitelocke. His family owned Gogerddan, one of the major estates in north Cardiganshire, close to the county town of ...

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Ridley, Sir Matthew White, second baronet (1745–1813), land and coal owner and politician, was born on 28 October 1745 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the second of the twelve children of Matthew Ridley (1711–1778) of Heaton Hall and Newcastle, a landowner, coal magnate, and MP, though the eldest of ...