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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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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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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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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 ...

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Lempriere, Charles (1818–1901), politician and speculator, born at Exeter on 21 September 1818, was second son of John Lemprière (c. 1765–1824), compiler of the Classical Dictionary, and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Deane of Salisbury. He entered Merchant Taylors' School in February 1825 and matriculated at ...

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Losse, Hugh (d. 1555), administrator and property speculator, was born in Needham, in the south of Norfolk, probably in the early sixteenth century. He had at least one brother, Thomas, and two sisters, Margaret and Rose. Little is known of his early life but it seems likely that he remained in ...

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Perrot, Robert (c. 1478–1550), church musician and land speculator, was the second son of George Perrot, gentleman, of Haroldston, near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, and Isabel Langdale of Langdale, near Scarborough, Yorkshire. He was born at Hackness, immediately neighbouring Langdale. Of his education and musical training nothing is known, though an early connection with ...

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Joseph Pitt (1759–1842) by William Mulready, early 19th cent. © The Cheltenham Trust and Cheltenham Borough Council

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Pitt, Joseph (1759–1842), property developer and politician, was born in 1759 at Little Witcombe, a hamlet in Badgeworth, Gloucestershire, where he was baptized at the parish church on 24 June, the youngest of five sons of Joseph Pitt, a yeoman farmer, and his wife, ...

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Russell, Thomas (1830–1904), financier and land speculator, was born in Cork, the first of six children of Thomas Russell (1808–1873), carpenter, and Mary Roberts (1811–1847), ward of a Church of Ireland rector. The Russells left Ireland with the infant Thomas in 1833. After seven years in ...

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Scully, William Francis John (1821–1906), land speculator, was born on 23 November 1821 at Kilfeacle House, co. Tipperary, Ireland, the youngest child of Denys Scully (1773–1830), barrister and political activist, and his wife, Catherine Eyre (d. 1843). One of his brothers was ...

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Shelton, Jerome (c. 1500–1555x60), property speculator and royal official, was a younger son of Nicholas Shelton (d. 1515), resident in the parish of St Thomas of Acon, London, freeman and master of the Mercers' Company, and sheriff and alderman of London, and his second wife, ...

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Smith, Gavin (b. c. 1550, d. in or after 1604), engineer and projector, may have been the son of John Smith who in 1558 was the king and queen's fletcher and subsequently master of the Fletchers' Company. Gavin Smith was a citizen of ...

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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 ...