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Barnes, Isaac Edmestone (1857–1930), land surveyor and businessman, was born on 2 June 1857 in Highholborn Street, Kingston, Jamaica, the eldest legitimate son of William Barnes (1832–1891) and his wife, Amelia, née Johnson (c.1834–1893), coffee planters of Kraal district in the mountains of ...

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Sir (Charles) Harold Bellman (1886–1963) by Lafayette, 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bellman, Sir (Charles) Harold (1886–1963), building society manager, was born in Paddington on 16 February 1886, the second son of Charles Henry Bellman, coach builder, and his wife, Ellen Clemens, both of Cornish origin. After attending a higher-grade school in Kilburn until the age of fourteen he entered the ...

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Blake, Charles Henry (1794–1872), property speculator, was born in Calcutta, the son of Benjamin Blake, a sea captain who had been plying the route to India since 1775. Soon after 1794 his father left the sea and became an indigo planter in Bengal...

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Burt, Edmund (d. 1755), author and rent collector, is known to have been born in England and in 1725 to have referred to his wife's being in London. On 31 May of the same year he was appointed receiver-general and collector of rents on the unsold forfeited estates in ...

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Byrne [née Lawrence], Nona Georgette (1922–2012), building society founder, was born on 10 September 1922 at The Cottage, Greenford, Middlesex, the youngest child in the family of five daughters and one son of Alexander Graham Lawrence, third Baron Lawrence (1878–1947), and his first wife, ...

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Campbell, Lord Neil, of Ardmaddie (c. 1630–1692), colonial speculator, was the second of six children of Archibald Campbell, marquess of Argyll (1605x7–1661), and his wife, Lady Margaret (1610–1678), second daughter of William Douglas, seventh earl of Morton; his parents lived mainly at Inveraray, Argyll...

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Croghan, George (d. 1782), colonial official and land speculator in America, was born in Dublin, though further details of his parents and upbringing are uncertain. Before moving to America in 1741 he is known to have married. His daughter Susannah was born in 1750. In later life he lived with the daughter of a Mohawk chief, with whom he had a second daughter, ...

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Dellal, Jack (1923–2012), financier and property dealer, was born on 2 October 1923 at 31 Sandileigh Avenue, Withington, a prosperous Manchester suburb, the son of Salman Aboudy, otherwise Solomon, Dellal (1880–1940), businessman, and his wife Charlotte, formerly Beher, née Shashona (1888–1970), both Iraqi Jewish emigrés who had arrived in ...

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Grainger, Richard (1797–1861), builder and property speculator, was born on 9 October 1797 in High Friar Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, the youngest of the six children of Thomas Grainger (d. c.1810), a quayside porter, and his wife, Amelia, née Burt or Brunt (1755–1835)...

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Grogan, William (1824–1891), estate agent, was born on 3 August 1824 in Pollen Street, Westminster, the son of Nicholas Grogan (d. c.1845), tea dealer and wine merchant, and his wife, Sarah Bean. He may have been the William Grogan who was briefly in partnership about 1848–9 with ...

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Hardoon, Silas Aaron (1851–1931), merchant and property owner, was born in Baghdad, one of the six children of Aaron Hardoon. He moved with his family to Bombay about 1856. His family was poor and he received only an elementary education, possibly supported by the local ...

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Harper, Sir Edgar Josiah (1860–1934), land valuer and civil servant, was born on 15 January 1860 at 11 Beaumont Square, Mile End, London, the third son of Henry Harper, a merchant's clerk, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Burletson (b. 1826?). He was educated privately in ...

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Hill, Sir Enoch (1865–1942), building society manager, was born on 10 September 1865 at Ball Haye Green, Leek, Staffordshire, the eldest of the four sons and three daughters of Henry Hill and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, both of whom were manual workers in the silk-spinning industry. ...

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Hornby, Richard Phipps [Dick] (1922–2007), politician and building society chairman, was born on 20 June 1922 at the Old House, Upper Rawcliffe Road, St Michael's-on-Wyre, Lancashire, the oldest of the four sons of Hugh Leycester Hornby (1888–1965), vicar of St Michael's-on-Wyre (later rector of ...

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Imlay, Gilbert (1754–1828), land speculator and author, was born on 9 February 1754 in Monmouth county, New Jersey, the son of Peter Imlay, landowner. His upbringing remains obscure but it is known that he served as a paymaster and lieutenant in the American revolutionary army in the American War of Independence between 1777 and 1778 before being wounded in action. Following his military service ...

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Sir Maxwell Joseph (1910–1982) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Joseph, Sir Maxwell [formerly Max] (1910–1982), hotelier and property dealer, was born Max Joseph on 31 May 1910, at 21 Whitechapel Road, London, the second of the three sons of Jack Joseph, a journeyman tailor and property dealer, and his wife, Sarah Orler...

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Kemp, Thomas Read (1782–1844), property speculator, was born on 23 December 1782, at 169 High Street, Lewes, Sussex, the younger surviving child and only son of Thomas Kemp (bap. 1745, d. 1811), wool merchant and MP, and his wife, Anne (1748/9–1807), daughter of ...