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Ffennell, William Joshua (1799–1867), fisheries inspector, was born on 16 August 1799 at Ballybrado, Waterford, Ireland, the eldest son and second of sixteen children of Joshua William and Elizabeth Ffennell. The family's much resented exclusion from the Society of Friends through his father's liberal 'conformity to the world' led to all six sons joining the established church. A nondescript education was enhanced by country gentleman's pursuits. In 1830 he married ...

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Hall, Samuel [called the Sherwood Forest Patriarch] (1769–1852), agriculturist, was born on 9 April 1769 in Forest Lane, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, the second son of Samuel Hall and his wife, Dorothy Wilcock. He was apprenticed to Timothy Broadhurst, a cousin in the cobbling trade in ...

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Charlotte Fell-Smith

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Penn, Thomas (1702–1775), landowner, was born at Kensington, London, on 8 March 1702, the second son of William Penn (1644–1718), founder of Pennsylvania, and his second wife, Hannah Callowhill (1670–1726). During his childhood the Penn family received little profit from the colony, and ...

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Ransome, Robert Charles (1830–1886), agricultural engineer, was born on 1 June 1830, at Carr Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, the eldest son of Robert Ransome (1795–1864), agricultural engineer, and his wife, Sarah Coleby (1794–1863). He was the grandson of Robert Ransome (1753–1830) [see under...

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Wakefield, Edward (1774–1854), philanthropist, land agent, and writer on political economy, was born in Tottenham, Middlesex. He was the elder son of Edward Wakefield (1750–1826), merchant, and the writer Priscilla Wakefield (1750–1832), daughter of Daniel Bell. Daniel Wakefield was his younger brother. Edward...

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E. I. Carlyle

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Warner, John (bap. 1673, d. 1760), horticulturist, was baptized on 11 January 1673 at St Giles Cripplegate in the City of London, the son of James and Mary Warner. He was eminent for his skill in growing fruit. In business as a merchant, he lived in ...