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Coker, Frances [Fanny] (1767–1820), freed slave and domestic servant, was born on 26 August 1767 on Mountravers plantation, Nevis, in the West Indies, the first of five children of Black Polly (b. c.1752, d. in or after 1823). Her mother was probably enslaved in ...

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Eckford, Henry (1823–1905), gardener and hybridist, was born at Stenhouse, near Liberton, Midlothian, on 17 May 1823, the seventh of eight children of James Eckford (1780–1826), a well-to-do farmer, and his wife, Isabel, née Pirie (1794–1876). His father died when he was still in infancy. He attended school in the ...

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Haines, Richard (bap. 1633, d. 1685), farmer and pamphleteer, was baptized on 4 or 14 May 1633, the eldest son of Gregory Haines, yeoman farmer of Shere in Surrey and Sullington in Sussex, and his wife, Elizabeth Pollard. He farmed at Sullington, near ...

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Mayett, Joseph (1783–1839), agricultural labourer and autobiographer, was born on 12 March 1783 at Quainton, Buckinghamshire. He was the second of the eight children born to Mary (c.1749–1829/30), the wife of Joseph Mayett (1743/4–1826), a day labourer, though his father had had two children from a previous marriage. Most of these ten children died in their infancy, and 'four was the most that ever was living at one time' (...

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McCombie, William (1809–1870), farmer and journalist, was born on 7 May 1809 at Alford, Aberdeenshire, the son of William McCombie, farmer, and his wife, Marjory Wishart. McCombie received little formal education and was largely self-educated under the influence of his mother. The Spectator...

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Tyso, Joseph (1774–1852), Baptist minister and plantsman, was probably born in Bedfordshire. Nothing is known about his parents and early life. In 1798 he was baptized with thirteen other individuals by the Revd Stephens at Colchester where he resided, and assisted in the proclamation of the gospel. The following year he entered the ...