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Acton, Sir Robert (b. before 1497, d. 1558), saddler and member of parliament, was born into a family of Worcestershire gentry, the son of Richard Acton of Sutton and his wife, Margery Dore. How he obtained an entrée to the royal court is unknown, but by 22 October 1518 he was a groom of the chamber, subsequently becoming a page (1526) and a gentleman usher (1528). More important to his advancement, however, was his marriage, by May 1528, to ...

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Bickford, William (bap. 1774, d. 1834), currier and inventor of the safety fuse, was baptized in Ashburton, Devon, on 23 January 1774, the son of William and Mary Beckford. He was in business as a currier, dressing and colouring tanned leather, first rather unsuccessfully in ...

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Cure, Thomas (d. 1588), saddler, was the son of the otherwise unknown Stephen Cure of Worcestershire and Joanne Carver. He emerges in the historical record as a supplier of saddlery for Edward VI's funeral in 1553. He was acting in the place of ...

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Laurie, Sir Peter (1778–1861), saddler and politician, was born at Saundersdeal Farm, Haddington, on 3 March 1778, the son of John Laurie (d. 1799) and his second wife, Agnes, née Thomson. He was educated at Morham and later at Haddington grammar school...

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Poole, Thomas (1766–1837), tanner and friend of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, was born on 14 November 1766 in Nether Stowey, Somerset, and baptized there on 12 December, the second child of Thomas Poole (d. 1795) and Elizabeth Buller (d. 1801). Of six children born to his parents, only ...