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Sir Eric Vansittart Bowater (1895–1962) by Wolfgang Suschitzky, 1960 © Wolfgang Suschitzky / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bowater, Sir Eric Vansittart (1895–1962), paper manufacturer and industrialist, was born in London on 16 January 1895, the third child and only son of Sir Frederick William Bowater (1867–1924), paper merchant, of London, and his wife, Alice Emily, daughter of Joseph Sharp, of ...

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Cowan, Charles (1801–1889), paper manufacturer and politician, born on 7 June 1801 at 12 or 14 Charlotte Street, Edinburgh (as he said in his Reminiscences), was the eldest of the eleven children of Alexander Cowan (d. 1859), owner of paper mills at ...

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Sir John Cowan, baronet (1814–1900) by unknown engraver, pubd 1894 (after Thomas Fall) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cowan, Sir John, baronet (1814–1900), paper manufacturer and political organizer, was born at 5 St John's Street, Edinburgh, on 7 May 1814, one of the eight children to reach maturity of Alexander Cowan (d. 1859), also a paper manufacturer, of Edinburgh and ...

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Cropper, James (1823–1900), paper manufacturer and politician, was born on 22 February 1823 in Duke Street, Liverpool, the eldest of the three surviving sons and six daughters of John Cropper (1797–1874), merchant of Liverpool, and his wife, Anne (1797–1876), daughter of John and ...

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Dickinson, John (1782–1869), paper manufacturer and inventor, was born on 29 March 1782 probably in London, the eldest of nine children of Captain Thomas Dickinson RN (1754–1828) and his wife, Frances de Brissac (1760–1854). John Dickinson's father was superintendent of transports in the ...

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Evans, Sir John (1823–1908), archaeologist, numismatist, and paper manufacturer, was born on 17 November 1823 at Britwell Court, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, the second son of the Revd Arthur Benoni Evans (1781–1854), schoolmaster, cleric, and author, and his wife, Anne (1791–1883), daughter of Captain Thomas Dickinson RN (1754–1828)...

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Sir John Evans (1823–1908) by John H. Pinches, 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fourdrinier, Henry (1766–1854), paper manufacturer, was born on 11 February 1766 in Lombard Street, London, one of several children of Henry Fourdrinier, a wholesale stationer of Huguenot descent, and his wife, Jemima (d. 1781). Paul Fourdrinier, Henry's grandfather, had gone to London...

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Henry Fourdrinier (1766–1854) attrib. John Downman, c. 1786 [The Fourdriniers: [second from left] and Sealy Fourdrinier (1773-1847) [second from right], with other members of the family] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hamilton, Gavin (1704–1767), bookseller and paper maker, was born on 11 February 1704 at Cramond, near Edinburgh, the third son and one of the sixteen children of the Revd William Hamilton (1669–1732) and Mary (bap. 1676, d. 1760), daughter of John Robertson...

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Joy, Francis (1697–1790), printer and paper manufacturer, was born on 3 August 1697, probably in Belfast. Family legend claimed that he was descended from Captain Thomas Joy, a follower of Arthur Chichester, Baron Chichester of Belfast, but this has not been firmly established. ...

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Koops, Matthias (fl. 1789–1805), paper manufacturer, was born in Pomerania, the son of Matthias and Katharine Dorothea Koops, both also of Pomerania. Very little is known of his early life, though he stated that he had 'for several years served in different distinguished military characters, under the late ...

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Pirie, Alexander George (1836–1904), paper manufacturer, was born at Waterton House, Newhills, Aberdeenshire, the son of Francis Pirie (1809–1870), paper manufacturer, and his first wife, Euphemia, daughter of George Hogarth, merchant, of Aberdeen.

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Portal, Wyndham Raymond, Viscount Portal (1885–1949), paper manufacturer and public servant, was born at Southington House, Overton, Hampshire, on 9 April 1885, the elder son of Sir William Wyndham Portal, second baronet (1850–1931), paper manufacturer, and his wife, Florence Elizabeth Mary (d...