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Blackaby, Frank Thomas (1921–2000), economist and peace campaigner, was born on 25 October 1921 at Milton under Wychwood, Gloucestershire, the second child and only son of the Revd Edgar Percival Blackaby (1883–1977) and his wife, Muriel Ruth Hawkins (1884–1977). His parents, both Baptists, met in ...

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Freame, John (1665–1745), banker and lobbyist, was probably the second son in the family of at least three children of Robert Freame, a Gloucestershire clothier. In 1681 his father was one of the 'first purchasers' of Pennsylvania and some members of the Quaker ...

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Ralph Harris, Baron Harris of High Cross (1924–2006) by unknown photographer, 2002 © Institute of Economic Affairs

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Harris, Ralph, Baron Harris of High Cross (1924–2006), economist and free-market polemicist, was born on 10 December 1924 at 88 Langham Road, Tottenham, London, one of four children of William Henry Harris (d. 1941), bus inspector, and his wife, Lilian Maud, née...

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McGrath, Joseph Laurence (1888–1966), Irish republican and entrepreneur, was born, probably in Dublin, on 21 August 1888, the youngest of five children (three sons and two daughters) of George McGrath, labourer, and his wife, Bridget, née Bolger. Having left school at fourteen, he qualified as an accountant in his twenties. Aged nineteen he joined ...