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Cornelius Walford

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Baylis, Thomas Hutchinson (1823–1876), insurance company manager, was the son of Edward Baylis (1791–1861), also an insurance company manager, and his wife, Ellen Maria. Little is known about his early life, but he began as a clerk in the Anchor insurance office, one of his father's companies. In 1850 he became manager of the ...

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Bignold, Thomas (1761–1835), founder of the Norwich Union insurance company, was born in Westerham in Kent, the second of the eight surviving children of John Bignold (c.1734–1795), a prosperous tenant farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Outram, also of Westerham. It is not known where he attended school, but he was sufficiently well educated to become an exciseman before moving to ...

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Boult, Swinton (1808–1876), insurance company manager, was born on 3 December 1808 in Liverpool, one of several children of Francis Boult, a Unitarian shipowner, and his wife, Anne, née Swanwick. While his father was fairly prominent in Liverpool, and a founder of the town's ...

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Deuchar, John James Walker (1851–1911), actuary and insurance company manager, was born on 24 September 1851 in Edinburgh, the youngest of five sons of John Deuchar (1786–1863), lecturer in chemistry at Edinburgh University, and his wife, Jane, daughter of James Walker, a publisher in ...

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Eden, Sir Frederick Morton, second baronet (1766–1809), insurance company manager and writer on the state of the poor, was born at Ashtead, Surrey, the eldest son of Sir Robert Eden (created a baronet in 1776), governor of Maryland, and grandson of Sir Robert Eden, ...

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Goobey, George Henry Ross (1911–1999), pension fund manager, was born at 42 Blair Street, Poplar, London, on 21 May 1911, the younger son and third child of Herbert Goobey, a shopkeeper and Primitive Methodist lay preacher, and his wife, Elizabeth Ross. An adept pupil at elementary school, he was encouraged by a local ...

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Green, Sir Peter James Frederick (1924–1996), insurance underwriter, was born at 1 Priory Grove, Kensington, London, on 28 July 1924, the elder son of John Everard Green (1899–1966), a prominent marine insurer at Lloyds who later changed his second forename to Edward, but was universally known as ...

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Harben, Sir Henry (1823–1911), insurance company manager, was born on 24 August 1823 in Bloomsbury, London, the eldest of four surviving children of Henry Harben (1793–1868), wholesale cheesemonger of Bloomsbury, and Sarah (1798–1870), daughter of Benjamin da Costa Andrade, a Whitechapel merchant of Portuguese Jewish descent. The family claimed ancestry from one ...

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Heath, Cuthbert Eden (1859–1939), underwriter and insurance broker, was born on 23 March 1859 at Forest Lodge, near Southampton, the fourth of the seven children of Captain Leopold George Heath RN (1817–1907), and his wife, Mary Emma, née Marsh. His father had a brilliant naval career, being knighted in 1868 and promoted to rear-admiral in 1871. ...

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Jones, Jenkin (1779–1837), insurance company manager, was the son of Jenkin Jones and Sophia Jones (d. 1823) of Molesey, Surrey. In 1792, at the age of twelve, he joined the staff of the Phoenix Fire Office, Britain's second largest fire insurer, and the world's leading insurance exporter, and rose rapidly through the clerical ranks to become assistant secretary in 1802. In 1805, aged only twenty-five, he was appointed secretary to the company. He became assistant director in 1833....

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Layborn, Thomas Alec Edwin (1898–1984), life-assurance and pensions consultant, was born on 30 November 1898 at 57 St Mary's Grove, Chiswick, Middlesex, the son of William Edwin Layborn, a wine merchant, and his wife, Mary Ellen, née Stevens. He was educated at Latymer Upper School...

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Manton, Sir Edwin Alfred Grenville (1909–2005), insurance underwriter, art collector, and philanthropist, was born on 22 January 1909 at Burrows Road, Earls Colne, Essex, the eldest of three children of John Horace Manton, bank clerk, later bank manager, and his wife, Emily Clara, ...

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Marks, Geoffrey (1864–1938), actuary and insurance company manager, was born on 15 November 1864 at Beddington, near Mitcham, Surrey, the third of five sons of John George Marks, sherry shipper of Croydon, and his wife, Sarah, née Walker. He was educated at Whitgift Grammar School, Croydon...

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G. Le G. Norgate

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McArthur, Charles (1844–1910), politician and writer on marine insurance, born at Kingsdown, Bristol, in May 1844, was the son of Charles McArthur of Port Glasgow and his wife, Harriet. Educated at Bristol grammar school, McArthur entered the Liverpool office of North, Ewing & Co....

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Miller, Sir Francis Norie-, first baronet (1859–1947), insurance company manager, was born on 11 March 1859 at Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, the son of Henry Miller, chief of the statistical department, HM customs, and his wife, Ann Alexander Norie, who was of Scottish birth. He was educated privately and trained for the law, but instead began his insurance career in the ...

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Mountain, Sir Edward Mortimer, first baronet (1872–1948), underwriter and insurance company manager, was born on 24 November 1872, the second son of Stanford Henry Mountain, a Southwark hop merchant, and his wife, Louisa, daughter of George Eve. Mountain was educated at Dulwich College...

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Newman, Frederick Edward Fry [Fred] (1916–2012), shipbroker and airline executive, was born on 14 July 1916 at 84 Fillebrook Road, Leytonstone, Essex, the son of Methodist parents, Frank Newman (1872–1953), shipping clerk, later shipbroker, and his wife, Katharine Alice, née Simpson (1884–1964). He was educated at the ...

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Ratcliffe, Henry (1808–1877), actuary and friendly society administrator, was born at Tyldesley, Lancashire, on 4 November 1808. Nothing is known about his origins, except that he had one brother. Henry spent his whole career with one friendly society, the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows...

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Stenhouse, Alexander Rennie (1876–1952), insurance broker, was born on 6 March 1876 at Lenzie, Dunbartonshire, one of the three children of John Stenhouse, builder, and Sarah Janet Goodwin. Stenhouse was brought up at Stepps, near Glasgow. After the early death of his father, ...

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Thornton, Richard (1776–1865), merchant, underwriter, and financier, was born on 20 September 1776 in Burton in Lonsdale, Yorkshire, the third son in the family of four sons and five daughters of Robert Thornton, an impecunious yeoman farmer, and his wife, Ellen. He entered ...