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Lowe, Roger (d. 1679), diarist and shopkeeper, was born in Leigh, Lancashire. His parents, of whom almost nothing is known, were both dead by 1663, leaving four children. He attended the grammar school in Leigh and then between 1657 and 1658 was in service with the vicar of ...

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Mawhood, William (1724–1797), woollen draper and diarist, was born on 8 December 1724 in Duck Lane, in the parish of St Bartholomew-the-Great, West Smithfield, London. He was the youngest of the three surviving children of the thirteen born to William Mawhood (1682–1757), also a woollen draper, and his wife, ...

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Turner, Thomas (1729–1793), diarist and shopkeeper, was born on 9 June 1729 at Groombridge in the parish of Speldhurst, Kent, the eldest of the four children of John Turner (1689–1752), a shopkeeper, and his second wife, Elizabeth Ovenden (1697–1759), of Rotherfield, Sussex. In 1735 the family moved to ...