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Francis Watt

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Booth, Henry (1789–1869), railway projector and manager, was born at 34 Rodney Street, Liverpool, on 4 April 1789, the son of Thomas Booth (1749–1832), a corn merchant, and his wife, Esther, née Noble (d. 1826), of Lancaster. He was privately educated at the ...


Holland, Samuel (1803–1892), slate industrialist and railway promoter, was born on 17 October 1803 in Duke Street, Liverpool, the youngest son and fifth child of Samuel Holland (1768–1851), merchant, and his wife, Katherine Menzies (d. 1847). He had two brothers and three sisters and was educated at the ...


Horne, Sir William Cornelius Van (1843–1915), railway builder and financier in Canada, was born on 3 February 1843 at Chelsea, Will county, Illinois, USA, the eldest son of Cornelius Covenhoven Van Horne, lawyer, and his second wife, Mary Minier Richards. His father's ancestors had emigrated from the ...