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Brayne, John (c. 1541–1586), grocer and financier, was the eldest child of Thomas Brayne (d. 1562), a tailor (nominally a girdler), and his wife, Alice Barlow (d. 1566), of the parish of St Stephen, Coleman Street, London, who married on 22 January 1541. ...

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Sir Richard Glyn, first baronet (bap. 1711, d. 1773) by Johan Zoffany, 1769 private collection; photograph: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Glyn, Sir Richard, first baronet (bap. 1711, d. 1773), drysalter and banker, was baptized on 13 June 1711 at the church of St Andrew, Holborn, London, the second son of Robert Glyn (1673–1746), an oilman and drysalter of Hatton Garden, London, and his wife, ...

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Lloyd, Edward (c. 1648–1713), coffee house keeper, publisher, and eponymist of ‘Lloyd's insurance’, was probably born about 1648, but nothing is known of his origins. He was the proprietor of a London coffee house licensed some time between March 1685 and 1687. This was almost certainly '...

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Sir Leslie Porter (1920–2005) by Robin Laurance, 1978 © Robin Laurance / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Porter, Sir Leslie (1920–2005), businessman, was born Leslie Posament on 10 July 1920 at Streatham Manor, Leigham Avenue, Streatham, London, the youngest child in the family of two sons and one daughter of Henry Alfred Posament, later Porter (d. 1955), textile merchant, and his wife, ...

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Roche, James (1770–1853), wine merchant, banker, and antiquary, was born in Cork on 30 December 1770, the third son of Stephen Roche and his wife, Sarah, daughter of John O'Brien of Moyvanine and Glounties, Limerick. From the age of fifteen, Roche was educated in ...

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Sainsbury, Simon David Davan (1930–2006), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 1 March 1930 at 27 The Vale, Chelsea, London, the second of three sons of Alan John Sainsbury, later Baron Sainsbury (1902–1998), grocer and businessman, and his first wife, Doreen Davan, née...

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Salmon, Brian Lawson (1917–2001), businessman and public servant, was born on 30 June 1917 at 127 Oakwood Court, Kensington, London, the son of Julius Salmon, caterer, then serving as a lieutenant on the army staff, and his wife, Emma Constance, née Gluckstein. He was a member of a talented, entrepreneurial Jewish family, linked in marriage and business with the ...

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Sugden, Sir Arthur (1918–2003), businessman, was born on 12 September 1918 at 73 Casson Street, Gorton, Manchester, the second child in the family of four sons and one daughter of Arthur Sugden (d. c.1938), a timekeeper at the wagon works of the ...