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Branford, Victor Verasis (1863–1930), sociologist and businessman, was born at 15 West Street, Oundle, Northamptonshire, on 25 September 1863, the eldest surviving son of William Catton Branford (1837–1891), a veterinary surgeon, and Ann Kitchen (1826–1871), the sister of his father's deceased first wife. His father spent two short periods as professor in the veterinary college in ...

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Caine, Sir Michael Harris (1927–1999), businessman, was born at the Hollies Nursing Home, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, on 17 June 1927, the son of Sir Sydney Caine (1902–1991), an official in the Colonial Office and a university administrator, and his wife, Muriel Ann Maud Harris (...

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Cowan, Sir Robert (1932–1993), businessman and public servant, was born on 27 July 1932 at Inverleith, Edinburgh, the youngest child and only son of John McQueen Cowan (1892–1960) and his wife, Adeline May, née Organe (d. 1981). His father, a distinguished botanist on the staff of the ...

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Engels, Friedrich [Frederick] (1820–1895), businessman and revolutionary leader, was born on 28 November 1820 in Barmen, Westphalia, the son of Friedrich Engels (1796–1860), a textile manufacturer, and Elizabeth, née van Haar (1797–1873), the daughter of a schoolmaster of Dutch origin. Frederick (as he came to be known in ...

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Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy, first baronet (1783–1859) by unknown artist Oriental Club; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jeejeebhoy, Sir Jamsetjee, first baronet (1783–1859), businessman and philanthropist, was born at Bombay on 15 July 1783. He was the son of Merwanjee Maneckjee Jeejeebhoy (d. 1799) and Jeeveebai Cowassi (d. 1799), weavers, of Nowsaree, a small town in the princely state of ...

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Muirhead, Roland Eugene (1868–1964), Scottish nationalist and businessman, was born on 24 July 1868 at Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland, the second son of Andrew Muirhead (d. 1885), the owner of the Gryffe tannery, and his wife, Isabella Reid. He was educated in Glasgow high school...

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Service, James (1823–1899), politician and businessman in Australia, was born on 27 November 1823 at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, the son of Robert Service (1794–1883), a sewing agent and lay preacher, and his wife, Agnes, née Niven. He was educated at Kilwinning and at Glasgow College...

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James Service (1823–1899) by Freeman and Co., pubd 1899 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Silver, Jonathan (1949–1997), businessman and gallery owner, was born on 21 October 1949 at St Luke's Hospital, Horton Lane, Bradford, Yorkshire, one of the two sons of Sydney Samuel Silver (b. 1917), retail draper, and his wife, Irene Betty, née Morris, whose mother ran a boarding-house for Jewish refugees. Educated at ...