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Alward, George Lowe (1842–1933), trawler owner, was born in Ramsgate, Kent, on 26 August 1842, the fourth son of the seven children of Robert Lowe Alward (1802–1871), fisherman and his wife, Mary Anne Wootton, née Hillman (1803–1874). His parents were natives of Brixham...

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Anderson, Sir Alan Garrett (1877–1952), public servant and shipowner, was born in London on 9 March 1877, the only son of James George Skelton Anderson and his wife, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836–1917), the first woman to qualify as a doctor in Great Britain...

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Arthur Anderson (1792–1868) by Thomas Francis Dicksee, 1850 reproduced by kind permission of The P&O Art Collection

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Anderson, Arthur (1792–1868), shipowner, was born at Grimista, near Lerwick, Shetland Islands, on 19 February 1792, the eldest son of Robert Anderson. After a brief education from a local minister, his earliest employment was as a ‘beach boy’, preparing dried fish. In 1808 he joined the ...

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Anderson, Sir Donald Forsyth (1906–1973), shipowner, was born in London on 3 September 1906, the younger son and second of the four children of Sir Alan Garrett Anderson (1877–1952), a partner in the family shipping firm of Anderson, Green & Co., managers of the ...

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Barton, Andrew (c. 1470–1511), seaman and shipowner, was one of three brothers, Robert Barton, John, and Andrew, sons of the seafaring merchant John Barton (d. in or before 1494). Like his brothers, Andrew was frequently employed as a naval commander by James IV...

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Bates, Sir Percy Elly, fourth baronet (1879–1946), merchant and shipowner, was born at Beechenhurst, Wavertree, Liverpool, on 12 May 1879, the second of seven sons of Edward Percy Bates (1845–1899), who became second baronet, and his wife, Constance Elisabeth, daughter of Samuel Robert Graves...

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Sir Percy Elly Bates, fourth baronet (1879–1946) by George Charles Beresford, 1913 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henry Bell (1767–1830) by James Tannock Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Bell, Henry (1767–1830), hotelier and developer of steam navigation, was born at Torphichen Mill, Linlithgowshire, on 7 April 1767, the fifth son of Patrick Bell and his wife, Margaret Easton. He was educated at the village school and then in Falkirk. Despite the reputation of Scottish schools, his education served him badly and for the rest of his life he was unable to spell and made many grammatical errors in his extensive correspondence. At the age of thirteen he was apprenticed as a stonemason and then in 1783 as a millwright—two trades much in demand at a time when Scottish industry was growing rapidly. In 1786 he began work in the shipyard of ...

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Bolton, Sir Frederic Bernard [Tim] (1921–2005), shipowner, was born on 9 March 1921 at 1 Lower Terrace, Hampstead, London, the only son among the four children of Louis Hamilton Bolton (1884–1953), shipowner, and his wife, Beryl (d. 1977), daughter of Bernard Dyer...

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Booth, Alfred (1834–1914), merchant and shipowner, was born on 3 September 1834 in Liverpool, the eldest son of Charles Booth (1799–1860) of the same city and Emily Fletcher (1803–1853). His father's family ran a corn-factoring business and his mother's side was descended from ...

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Charles Booth (1840–1916) by George Frederic Watts, c. 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Booth, Charles (1840–1916), shipowner and social investigator, was born on 30 March 1840 at 27 Bedford North Street, Liverpool. He was the third son of Charles Booth (1799–1860), a prosperous corn merchant, and his first wife, Emily Fletcher (1803–1853). Both his parents were Unitarians, and had wide connections among the commercial, dissenting, and philanthropic ‘aristocracy’ of ...

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Brown, Albert Richard (1839–1913), shipping agent and consul for Japan, was born on 29 August 1839 at Ringwood, in Hampshire, the son of Richard Brown, wine merchant and clerk to the Ringwood board of guardians, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Pritchard. In 1853 he went to sea as a cabin-boy on the brig ...

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Burns, Sir George, first baronet (1795–1890), shipowner, was born on 10 December 1795 in Glasgow, the youngest of four sons of the Revd Dr John Burns (1744–1839), minister of the Barony parish, Glasgow, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Stevenson. While his elder brothers ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Burns, James (1789–1871), shipowner, was born in Glasgow on 9 June 1789, the third son of the Revd Dr John Burns (1744–1839), minister of the Barony parish of Glasgow, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Stevenson. His eldest brother, Dr John Burns FRS, became the first professor of surgery in the ...

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Burns, John, first Baron Inverclyde (1829–1901), shipowner, born in Glasgow on 24 June 1829, was the elder of two surviving sons of seven children born to Sir George Burns (1795–1890), shipowner, and his wife, Jane Cleland (d. 1877?). After school he attended ...

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Caird, Sir James, of Glenfarquhar, baronet (1864–1954), shipowner, was born in Glasgow on 2 January 1864, the elder son in a family of six of James Caird, lawyer, and his wife, Mary Ann Hutcheson. Educated at Glasgow Academy, he joined the firm of ...