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Adamson, Daniel (1820–1890), engineer and entrepreneur, was born on 30 April 1820 at Shildon, co. Durham. He was the thirteenth of fifteen children, seven sons and eight daughters, born to Daniel Adamson, landlord of the Grey Horse at Shildon, and his wife, Ann...

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John Derby Allcroft (1822–1893) by Sir Francis Grant, 1873 photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Allcroft, John Derby (1822–1893), glove manufacturer and entrepreneur, was born in Worcester on 19 July 1822, only son and elder child of Jeremiah Macklin Allcroft (1791–1867), who was a partner in the glove manufacturing firm of J. and W. Dent & Co. His mother, ...

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Andrews, William (1835–1914), industrial designer, entrepreneur, and politician, was born in Coventry on 17 March 1835, the only son of three children of James and Isabella Andrews. His father was a Scot, a former regular soldier, and small businessman of Coventry. Andrews attended ...

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Berezovsky, Boris Abramovich (1946–2013), entrepreneur and politician, was born in Moscow on 23 January 1946, the son of Abram Markovich Berezovsky (1911–1979), a Jewish civil engineer, and his wife, Anna Aleksandrovna, née Gelman (1923–2013), a nurse. His life started in academic obscurity. After flunking his mathematics examinations for ...

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Antonin Besse (1877–1951) by unknown photographer courtesy of St Antony's College, Oxford

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Besse, Antonin (1877–1951), entrepreneur and benefactor, was born on 26 June 1877 at Carcassonne in southern France, the third son and fourth child in the family of four boys and three girls of Pierre Besse, leather merchant, and his wife, Marie Bonnafous. In failing health ...

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Boyd, Benjamin (1801–1851), stockbroker and entrepreneur, was born on 21 August 1801, in the parish of St Peter Le Pauvre, London, second son of Edward Boyd (1770?–1844), merchant, and his wife, Janet, daughter of Benjamin Yule, of Wheatfield, Midlothian. By 1808 the family had moved from ...

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Boyd, Hugh (1690–1765), entrepreneur, was born near Ballycastle, Antrim, one of three sons of William Boyd (d. 1727), rector of Ramoan, and Rose, daughter and heir of Daniel MacNeill of Dunaneeny. He married Anne McAlister (1685?–1776), daughter of Rundal McAlister of Kenbaan Castle...

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Bulmer, (George Henry) Bertram (1902–1993), cider manufacturer and business entrepreneur, was born on 30 August 1902 at Fair Oaks Cottage, Kings Acre Road, Hereford, the eldest of the three sons of Edward Frederick Bulmer (1865–1941) [see under Bulmer, Henry Percival] and his wife, ...

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(George Henry) Bertram Bulmer (1902–1993) by Bill Warhurst, 1984 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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See Burton, Sir Montague Maurice [formerly Meshe David Osinsky]

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Carré, Jean [John Carre] (d. 1572), entrepreneur and glass manufacturer, was born in Arras, Artois, the son of Antoine Carré and Dunigell Michell Prevost, probably before 1520. It is likely that he passed at least part of his early working life in the town since his daughter ...

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Clark, Sir Allen George (1898–1962), entrepreneur and industrialist, was born on 24 August 1898 in Brookline, Massachusetts, in the United States of America, the elder child and only son of Byron George Clark, a businessman who travelled extensively in Europe on behalf of the ...

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Cox, James (c. 1723–1800), jeweller and entrepreneur, was born in London, the son of Henry Cox (c.1691–1746), tailor of Broad Street, and his wife, Frances, née Matthews. He was apprenticed in 1738 to Humphry Pugh, goldsmith of Fleet Street and freeman of the ...

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Crowe, Sir Sackville, first baronet (c. 1600–1683), entrepreneur and diplomat, was the son of William Crowe of Socketts in Kent and his wife, Anne, daughter of John Sackville of Sussex. He owed the rise of his fortunes in the 1620s to the patronage of ...

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Curr, Edward (1798–1850), politician and entrepreneur in Australia, was born on 1 July 1798 at Sheffield, England, the son of John Curr, a coal viewer at the duke of Norfolk's estate and coalmines, and his wife, Hannah Wilson (1759–1851). He was educated at ...

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Drummond, Sir George Alexander (1829–1910), entrepreneur and politician in Canada, was born in Edinburgh on 11 October 1829, the son of George Drummond, a contractor, and his wife, Margaret Pringle. He was educated at the high school and university in Edinburgh. In 1854 he emigrated to ...

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Evance, Sir Stephen (1654/5–1712), goldsmith and entrepreneur, was born at New Haven, New England, the son of John Evance, a London merchant who had emigrated to Virginia in 1635 and traded with the Caribbean islands. Evance presumably spent his youth in New England...

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John Farquhar (1751–1826) by William Thomas Fry, pubd 1823 © National Portrait Gallery, London