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Baillie, Lady Grisell (1665–1746), heroine and business woman, was born on 25 December 1665 at Redbraes Castle, Berwickshire, the eldest survivor of the eighteen children of Sir Patrick Hume (or Home) of Polwarth, later first earl of Marchmont (1641–1724), and Grisell Kerr (...

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Sir Moses Haim Montefiore (1784–1885) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Montefiore, Sir Moses Haim (1784–1885), financier and Jewish community leader, the eldest son of Joseph Elias Montefiore, a London businessman, and Rachel, the daughter of Abraham Lumbroso de Mattos Mocatta, was born in Leghorn, Italy (during a visit there by his parents), on 24 October 1784. On his father's side ...

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Ogilvy, Sir Angus James Bruce (1928–2004), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 14 September 1928 at 47 Park Street, London, the second son of David Lyulph Gore Wolseley Ogilvy, seventh or thirteenth earl of Airlie (1893–1968), and his wife, Lady Alexandra Marie Bridget, ...

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Ridley, Henry Nicholas (1855–1956), economic botanist, was born on 10 December 1855 at West Harling Hall, Norfolk, the third child of the Revd Oliver Matthew Ridley and his wife, Louisa Pole, daughter of William Stuart, of Aldenham Abbey. He was a direct descendant of ...

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Henry Nicholas Ridley (1855–1956) by Walter Stoneman, 1917 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Strutt [née Woollat], Elizabeth (1729–1774), wife and business associate of Jedediah Strutt, was born at Findern, near Derby, of an established family. The Woollats were members of the Findern congregation of Ebenezer Latham (1688?–1754), then proprietor of a large nonconformist academy, and they may have boarded its pupils; certainly in the early 1740s they provided lodgings for ...

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Thorold, Sir Nathaniel, baronet (d. 1764), entrepreneur and adventurer, was the son of John Thorold and his wife Anne (née Alcock), of the Grantham branch of the family. He inherited Harmston Hall, Lincolnshire, quite unexpectedly in January 1738 following the death of his distant cousin ...

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Frances Anne Vane, marchioness of Londonderry (1800–1865) by Simon Jacques Rochard private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Vane, Frances Anne, marchioness of Londonderry (1800–1865), society hostess and businesswoman, was born on 17 January 1800 in St James's Square, London, the only child of Sir Henry (Harry) Vane-Tempest, baronet (1771–1813), and his wife, Anne Catherine MacDonnell, in her own right countess of Antrim...