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Baillie, James Evan (1781?–1863), merchant, banker, and politician, was born in Bristol, probably in 1781, into a successful Scottish merchant-planter family that had settled in Bristol in the 1770s. He was baptized at St Augustine-the-Less, Bristol, on 26 June 1782, the third but second surviving son of ...

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Sir Francis Baring, first baronet (1740–1810) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1806–7 [left, with his brother John Baring (centre) and son-in-law Charles Wall (right)] private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Baring, Sir Francis, first baronet (1740–1810), merchant and merchant banker, was born at Larkbear, Exeter, on 18 April 1740, third of the four surviving sons and one daughter of John Baring (1697–1748) and his wife, Elizabeth Baring (1702–1766), daughter of John Vowler, a prosperous ...

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Gibbs, Henry Hucks, first Baron Aldenham (1819–1907), merchant and merchant banker, was born at Powis Place, Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London on 31 August 1819, the eldest son of the fourteen children of George Henry Gibbs (1785–1842) of Aldenham, Hertfordshire, and Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire...

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Henry Hucks Gibbs, first Baron Aldenham (1819–1907) by James Faed (after George Frederic Watts, 1876–7) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hope family (per. c. 1700–1813), merchants and merchant bankers, of Amsterdam and London, came to prominence with Archibald [i] Hope (1664–1743). The son of Henry [i] Hope (1630–1688), a merchant of Rotterdam and London, Archibald was baptized in 1664 at the Scottish church in ...

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Huth, (John) Frederick Andrew [formerly (Johann) Friedrich Andreas] (1777–1864), merchant and merchant banker, was born at Stade, Hanover, on 29 October 1777, the second son of Johann Friedrich Huth (d. 1801), a soldier of the Scharnhorst regiment, and his wife, Marie Amelia (...

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Kenneth Alexander Keith, Baron Keith of Castleacre (1916–2004) by Brian Griffin, 1977 © Brian Griffin; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Keith, Kenneth Alexander, Baron Keith of Castleacre (1916–2004), merchant banker and industrialist, was born on 30 August 1916 at the Wicken House, Castle Acre, Norfolk, the elder of the two sons of Edward Charles Keith (1877–1972), farmer and natural history author, and his wife, ...

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Kleinwort, Alexander Frederick Henry [formerly Alexander Friedrich Heinrich] (1815–1886), merchant and merchant banker, was born on 18 November 1815, at Schloss Gerdeshagen, Satow, duchy of Mecklenburg, the fifth of eight children of Heinrich Kleinwort (1762–1831), a merchant of Altona, and his second wife, ...

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Meinertzhagen, Daniel (1801–1869), merchant and merchant banker, was born at Bremen, Germany, on 8 December 1801, the eldest of at least four sons and four daughters of Daniel (IV) Meinertzhagen (1772–1859) and his wife, Meta Rebecca, daughter of George von Groning, who married in December 1800. The name of ...