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Dockwray [Docwra], Thomas (d. 1559), master of the Stationers' Company and ecclesiastical lawyer, about whose origins and parentage nothing is known, does not seem to have been related to his namesake and near contemporary Sir Thomas Docwra (d. 1527), prior of the knights of ...

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Heywood, Abel (1810–1893), newsagent and publisher, was born on 25 February 1810 in Prestwich, Lancashire, the youngest son of the four children born to Betty and John Heywood, whose second marriage it was. John Heywood, a ‘putter out’ for weavers, died in 1812. In 1819 his widow moved to ...

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Menzies, John (1808–1879), wholesale distributor and newsagent, was born in Edinburgh, the son of John Menzies, merchant, and his wife, Catherine Lindsay. He was educated at the Royal High School, Edinburgh. After a stiff and joyless apprenticeship (1823–30) to an Edinburgh bookseller named ...

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John Menzies (1808–1879) by unknown artist [detail] by kind permission of John Menzies plc

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Simmonds, Peter Lund (1814–1897), newsagent and journalist, was born on 24 July 1814 in Aarhus, Denmark. He was adopted by Lieutenant George Simmonds RN—but his precise origins and the events leading to his adoption are obscure. The Simmondses were a naval family and their home at ...

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Smith, (William) Frederick Danvers, second Viscount Hambleden (1868–1928), newsagent and hospital reformer, was born at Filey, Yorkshire, on 12 August 1868, the only surviving son and youngest of the six children of William Henry Smith (1825–1891), newsagent and politician, and his wife, Emily Leach, ...

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William Henry Smith (1825–1891) by John D. Miller, pubd 1883 (after George Richmond, 1878) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smith, William Henry (1825–1891), newsagent and politician, was born on 24 June 1825 at 42 Duke Street, Grosvenor Square, London, the only son of William Henry Smith (1792–1865), and his wife, Mary Ann Cooper. He had six sisters. His father, who was originally a newsagent in a small way of business, had the idea of sending ...

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Spicer, Sir Albert, first baronet (1847–1934), paper merchant and wholesale stationer, was born on 16 March 1847 at Clapham, Surrey, the second of four sons and sixth of ten children of James Spicer (1807–1888), a wholesale stationer of Woodford Green, Essex, and his wife, ...