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Forster, Sir Richard [alias Mr Johnson], first baronet (1585?–1661), courtier and financier, was probably born in Earswick, Yorkshire, the only son of William Forster of Earswick (d. in or before 1618) and his second wife, Isabel Langley (d. 1585)...

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Hardoon, Silas Aaron (1851–1931), merchant and property owner, was born in Baghdad, one of the six children of Aaron Hardoon. He moved with his family to Bombay about 1856. His family was poor and he received only an elementary education, possibly supported by the local ...

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Hende, John (d. 1418), royal financier and mayor of London, is of unknown origins, but by 1368 he was active in the drapery trade and had made the first of three prudent marriages. His first wife, Isabella, was the daughter of John Southcote...

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Herrick [Heyricke], Sir William (bap. 1562, d. 1653), moneylender and royal official, was baptized on 9 December 1562 at St Martin's, Leicester, the fifth and youngest son of John Herrick or Heyricke (1513–1589) of Leicester and Mary, daughter of John Bond. He was born into a successful business family in ...

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King, Gregory (1648–1712), herald and political economist, was born at Lichfield, Staffordshire, on 15 December 1648, the eldest son of Gregory King (fl. 1648–1668), who was originally from Leicester, and his first wife, Elizabeth Andrews (d. 1668) of Sandwich in Kent...

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Mountbatten, George Louis Victor Henry Sergius, second marquess of Milford Haven (1892–1938), naval officer and businessman, was born at Darmstadt on 6 November 1892 as Prince George of Battenberg, third child and elder son of Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg (1854–1921), later Louis Mountbatten, ...

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Pearson, Weetman John Churchill, third Viscount Cowdray (1910–1995), businessman and landowner, was born on 27 February 1910 at Midhurst, Sussex, the only son and third of six children of Weetman Harold Miller Pearson, second Viscount Cowdray (1882–1933), Liberal MP for Eye from 1906 to 1918, and his wife, ...

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Salomons, Leopold (1841–1915), financier and landowner, was born at 22 Claremont Terrace, Pentonville, London, on 14 May 1841, the younger son of Abraham Solomons (c.1794–1877) and his wife, Betty, née Simon-Hirsch, otherwise Simpson (c.1808–1860). His mother was an immigrant from ...

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Shelton, Jerome (c. 1500–1555x60), property speculator and royal official, was a younger son of Nicholas Shelton (d. 1515), resident in the parish of St Thomas of Acon, London, freeman and master of the Mercers' Company, and sheriff and alderman of London, and his second wife, ...

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See Sinclair, Archibald Henry Macdonald, first Viscount Thurso

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Smith, George Murray (1859–1919), businessman and landowner, was born on 4 February 1859 at 3 Finsbury Circus, London, the son of George Murray Smith (1824–1901), publisher and founder of the Dictionary of National Biography, and his wife, Elizabeth Blakeway (1825–1914). Educated at Harrow School...

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Henry Frederick Thynne, sixth marquess of Bath (1905–1992) by Eve Arnold, 1961 © Eve Arnold / Magnum Photos; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thynne, Henry Frederick, sixth marquess of Bath (1905–1992), landowner and businessman, was born in the great Elizabethan house of Longleat, Wiltshire, on 26 January 1905, the second son and youngest of five children of Thomas Henry Thynne, fifth marquess of Bath (1862–1946), and his wife, ...