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Baines, Edward (1774–1848), newspaper proprietor, politician, and historian, was born at Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, Lancashire, on 5 February 1774, the second son of Richard Baines (d. 1811) and his wife, Jane (née Chew). Richard Baines, who was born near Ripon and came from a farming family, had moved to ...

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Edward Baines (1774–1848) by John Cochran, pubd 1834 (after Thomas Hargreaves) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blackwood, William (1776–1834), publisher and founder of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, was born in Edinburgh on 20 November 1776, the second son of Alexander Blackwood (1736–1802), descended from a family of silk mercers, and Janet Drysdale. On finishing his formal education at the age of fourteen, ...

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William Blackwood (1776–1834) by Sir William Allan, 1830? Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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J. A. Stevenson

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Graham, Hugh, Baron Atholstan (1848–1938), newspaper proprietor in Canada, was born of Scottish parents at Athelstan, Huntingdon county, eastern Quebec, on 18 July 1848, the eldest son of Robert Walker Graham and his wife, Marion, the daughter of Colonel Thomas McLeay Gardner. At the age of fifteen his scanty education at ...

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Edmund Dwyer Gray (1845–1888) by James Russell & Sons, 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gray, Edmund Dwyer (1845–1888), newspaper proprietor and politician, second son of the Irish nationalist Sir John Gray (1816–1875) and Anna, daughter of James Dwyer, was born in Dublin on 29 December 1845. After his education Gray joined in the management of his father's newspaper, the ...

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J. K. Laughton

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Mills, George (1808–1881), shipbuilder and newspaper proprietor, was the son of William Mills, a Glasgow merchant and steamboat pioneer who served as lord provost of Glasgow in 1834–7. William Mills, who was engaged in the cotton trade, started a steamer service between the ...

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Riddell, George Allardice, Baron Riddell (1865–1934), newspaper proprietor, was born at 2 Stanhope Place, Loughborough Road, Brixton Heath, London, on 25 May 1865, the only son of James Riddell, photographer, and his wife, Isabel Young. Educated privately, he was first employed as a clerk by a ...

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George Allardice Riddell, Baron Riddell (1865–1934) by Sir William Orpen, 1919 Scottish National Portrait Gallery