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Bolts, William [formerly Willem Bolst] (1739–1808), merchant and speculator, was born on 7 February 1739 on the continent, probably in Germany. However, as a child he lived in Britain, and he became an apprentice in a London merchant house. He was acting in a commercial capacity in ...

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Gage, Joseph Edward (c. 1687–1766), adventurer, the younger son of Joseph Gage (1652–1700) and his wife, Elizabeth Penruddock (d. 1693), was born about 1687. His father, the third son of Sir Thomas Gage, of Firle, Sussex, inherited Shirburn Castle, Oxfordshire, about 1682 on the death of his aunt ...

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Herbert, Lady Mary (1686–1775), speculator and mining entrepreneur, was the eldest of the six children born to William Herbert, second marquess of Powis (1657x61–1745), and his wife, Mary (b. after 1664, d. 1724), elder daughter and coheir of Sir Thomas Preston, baronet...

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White, James (1877–1927), property developer and speculator, was born on 17 May 1877 at 16A Sun Place, Rochdale, the son of Thomas White, bricklayer, and his wife, Catherine Mullroy. He was educated at St John's Roman Catholic School, Rochdale. At the age of ten he began working half-time in a cotton mill, and at nineteen he allegedly bought a ...