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Barr, Andrew Greig (1872–1903), soft drinks manufacturer, was born on 5 May 1872 in Falkirk, the second of three sons of Robert Barr, cork cutter and aerated water manufacturer, and his wife, Jane Greig. He attended the Falkirk high school before completing his schooling at ...

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Davidson, Sir Samuel Cleland (1846–1921), inventor of tea processing machinery and manufacturer, was born on 18 November 1846 at Ballymachan Farm, near Belfast, the youngest of the seven children of James Davidson (1799–1869), corn miller, and his wife, Mary Taylor (1808–1896), also of Irish stock. Until the age of fifteen ...

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Evans, William (1864–1934), grocer and soft drinks manufacturer, was born at Trellwyn Uchaf Farm, near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, Wales, on 24 August 1864, the oldest of the fourteen children of Thomas Evans (b. 1842/3), farmer, and his wife, Maria Francis (b. 1844/5)...

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Horlick, Sir James, first baronet (1844–1921), health drink manufacturer, was born at Ruardean, near Cinderford, Gloucestershire, on 30 April 1844, the third of four sons born to James Horlick, saddler, and his wife, Priscilla Griffiths. He was educated in Andover, Hampshire, and, having to look outside the small family concern for a career, in 1862 became an assistant to a homoeopathic chemist in ...

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Sir James Horlick, first baronet (1844–1921) by Spy (Sir Leslie Ward), pubd 1909 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Schweppe, (Jean) Jacob (bap. 1740, d. 1821), artificial mineral water manufacturer, was baptized in the Liebfrauenkirche in Witzenhausen, Hesse, on 16 March 1740, the son of Conrad Schweppe, a peasant. Believing that their son lacked the strength for agricultural life his parents turned him over to a travelling tinker when he was only eleven or twelve years old. Before long the tinker brought him back, explaining that the boy was so adept at mending pots that he should be put to the silversmiths' craft; the same then occurred, the silversmith recommending that he learn the jewellers' craft. ...

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Showering, Francis Edwin (1912–1995), drinks manufacturer, was born on 10 July 1912 at The Ship inn, Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, one of the four sons of Albert Edward Showering, an innkeeper and brewer, and his wife, Ethel May née Dyke. He was educated at ...

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Francis Edwin Showering (1912–1995) by unknown photographer © News International Newspapers Ltd