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Alexander, Stanley Walter (1895–1980), financial journalist and editor, was born on 16 November 1895 at 35 Harcourt Road, Deptford, London, the son of Walter Henry Alexander, board of works clerk, and his wife, Alice Maude Mary Kemp. He left the Roan School, Greenwich...

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Dalziel, Davison Alexander, Baron Dalziel of Wooler (1852–1928), newspaper proprietor and financier, was born in Camden Town, London, on 17 October 1852, the youngest son of Davison Octavian Dalziel (1825–1875) and his wife, Helen, daughter of Henry Gaulter. He was descended from a Northumbrian family distinguished for both artistic and business ability: of the eight sons of his paternal grandfather, ...

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Fisher, Max Henry [Fredy] (1922–1993), journalist and merchant banker, was born on 30 May 1922 at Fasanenstrasse, Berlin, Germany, the only child of Dr Friedrich (Fritz) Fischer (1888–1971) and his wife, Sophia (Sonia), née Bakst (1897–1965). His parents both belonged to assimilated Jewish families. His father was a successful lawyer, and a fine pianist, from ...

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Grahame, Kenneth (1859–1932), writer and secretary of the Bank of England, was born on 8 March 1859 at 32 Castle Street, Edinburgh, the second son and third of four children of James Cunningham Grahame (1830–1887), advocate, and his wife, Elizabeth (Bessie; 1837–1864), daughter of ...

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Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932) by John Singer Sargent, 1912 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Imlay, Gilbert (1754–1828), land speculator and author, was born on 9 February 1754 in Monmouth county, New Jersey, the son of Peter Imlay, landowner. His upbringing remains obscure but it is known that he served as a paymaster and lieutenant in the American revolutionary army in the American War of Independence between 1777 and 1778 before being wounded in action. Following his military service ...

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Jefferies, Joyce (c. 1570–1650), moneylender and diarist, was probably born at Ham or Home Castle, Clifton upon Teme, Worcestershire, the only child of Henry Jefferies (d. in or before 1608), gentleman, of that seat and his wife, Anne (d. 1617), daughter of ...

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Montgomery, Sir Robert, of Skelmorlie, fifth baronet (1680–1731), property speculator and author in America, was born at Skelmorlie Castle, Ayrshire, the son of Sir James Montgomery of Skelmorlie, fourth baronet (c. 1654–1694), and Lady Margaret (1654–1726), second daughter of James Johnstone, second earl of Annandale...

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Roby, John (1793–1850), writer and banker, was born in Wigan, Lancashire, on 5 January 1793 and baptized on 30 January in St Paul's Independent Chapel, Standishgate, Wigan, the youngest child of Nehemiah Roby (bap. 1737, d. 1815) and his second wife, Mary Aspull...