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(Elizabeth) Ruth Naomi Belville (1854–1943) by Samuel A. Walker, c. 1890 [Image of Maria Belville, Ruth Belville's mother, who was also a ‘time lady’] National Maritime Museum, London

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Belville, (Elizabeth) Ruth Naomi (1854–1943), horologist and merchant, was born on 5 March 1854 at 9 Hyde Vale Cottages, Greenwich, Kent, the only child of Belville, John Henry (1795?–1856), horologist and assistant astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and his third wife, ...

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Jenner, Charles (1810–1893), department store owner and botanist, was born on 1 September 1810 in Chatham, Kent, one of at least four sons of John Jenner (1768/9–1852), an innkeeper, and Elizabeth Terry. Much of Jenner's childhood was spent in Rochester, where he was apprenticed at the age of thirteen to a local draper. He moved to ...

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Sowerby, George Brettingham, the first (1788–1854), conchologist and natural history dealer, was born at Lambeth, London, on 12 May 1788, the second son among the nine children of James Sowerby (1757–1822), botanical artist and natural history periodical publisher, and his wife, Anne de Carle (1764–1815)...

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Willdey, George (bap. 1676, d. 1737), optical instrument maker and retailer, was baptized on 8 February 1676 at St Editha's Church in Church Eaton, Staffordshire. He was the son of Thomas Willdey, a ‘gentleman’ of Church Eaton, and his wife, Frances, née Chetwind...