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Cockshut, John (1837–1912), wallpaper manufacturer, was born on 4 November 1837 at Tong with Haulgh, near Bolton, Lancashire, the eldest son of John Cockshut, plumber and glazier, and his wife, Alice (née Bromiley).

Cockshut is known largely for his contribution to the British wallpaper industry. His involvement began when, aged eight, he went to work for ...

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Elliott, Ebenezer [called the Corn Law Rhymer] (1781–1849), poet and bar-iron merchant, was born on 17 March 1781 in the new foundry of Masbrough in the parish of Rotherham, Yorkshire, one of eleven children (of whom eight reached maturity) of Ebenezer Elliott (...

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Ebenezer Elliott (1781–1849) by unknown artist, c. 1840 Rotherham Libraries Museums and Arts Service

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Nairn, Sir Michael Barker, first baronet (1838–1915), floorcloth and linoleum manufacturer, was born on 29 May 1838, probably in Kirkcaldy, the second son in the family of six sons and two daughters of Michael Nairn and his wife, Catharine (c.1815–c...

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Shaw, Christian (b. c. 1685, d. in or after 1737), witch accuser and thread manufacturer, was the daughter of the laird of Bargarran, Renfrewshire, whose first name is unrecorded. According to a contemporary account (A True Narrative), when she was eleven years old she began to experience alarming symptoms, not only suffering mysterious fits, during which her body became as stiff as a board, her belly swelled, and her eyes rolled back into her head, but also vomiting balls of hair, pins, and hot embers. She had hallucinations too. The devil himself reportedly appeared before her and to the amazement of all beholders she engaged in complicated theological arguments with him, citing biblical texts with surprising accuracy. She also had lengthy discussions with a series of invisible tormentors whom she described as witches. They nipped and bit her, she said, pointing to the marks they had left. Questioned as to their identity, she named various local men and women, and this was to have catastrophic consequences....

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Templeton, James (1802–1885), carpet manufacturer, was born on 7 July 1802 in Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland, the son of Archibald Templeton, a farmer, and his wife, Ann Harvey.

Templeton began his career in Glasgow, working for a wholesale merchant. He was later employed by a ...