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Sir Joseph Beecham, first baronet (1848–1916) by unknown photographer St Helens Local History & Archives Library

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Beecham, Sir Joseph, first baronet (1848–1916), manufacturer of patent medicines, was born at Wigan on 8 June 1848. He was the eldest of the family of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Beecham (1820–1907), founder of Beecham's pills, and his first wife, ...

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Beecham, Thomas (1820–1907), manufacturer of patent medicines, was born at Curbridge, Oxfordshire, on 3 December 1820, the eldest of three sons and four daughters of Joseph Beecham (bap. 1799, d. 1839), an agricultural labourer, and his wife, Sarah (bap. 1801...

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Browne, John Collis (1819–1884), physician and manufacturer of patent medicine, was born on 18 June 1819 at Maidstone in Kent, and baptized at the church of All Saints with St Philip in that town. His parents were Captain William Browne of the 13th light dragoons...

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Daffy, Thomas (1616/17–1680), inventor of the ‘elixir salutis’, was probably the son of Giles Daffy (d. 1643?), of Abingdon, Berkshire, though the Abingdon registers contain no entries for the family. Among the administrations in the parish of St Clement, Eastcheap, London, in 1643, was one for a ...

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Eno, James Crossley (1827/8–1915), manufacturer of patent medicine, was born in Newcastle, the son of James Eno (c.1793–1829), a general shopkeeper, and his wife, Elizabeth (1792/3–1874), daughter of John Jackson. After leaving school, he was apprenticed to a Newcastle retail chemist, and in 1846 became a dispenser at the infirmary there at ...

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Godfrey, Thomas (d. 1721), apothecary and inventor of Godfrey's cordial, was probably one of the many Thomas Godfreys who were baptized in various Hertfordshire parishes during the middle years of the seventeenth century. He should not be confused with Ambrose (Hanckwitz) Godfrey (...

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Gowland, John (d. 1776), apothecary and inventor of Gowland's lotion, was the grandson of Ralph Gowland, attorney and antiquary of Durham, his first cousin being Ralph Gowland (c.1722–c.1782), an undistinguished MP successively for Durham and Cockermouth. John Gowland did not follow the family tradition of the law; he may have been the ...

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Thomas Holloway (1800–1883) by William Scott, 1845 Archives, Royal Holloway, University of London (RHC PH/281/4/3)

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Holloway, Thomas (1800–1883), manufacturer of patent medicines and philanthropist, was born on 22 September 1800 at Devonport, the eldest of six children and elder of two sons of Thomas Holloway (d. 1836), a baker formerly in the Royal Navy, and his wife, ...

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Sir Harry Jephcott, first baronet (1891–1978) by Elliott & Fry, 1956 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jephcott, Sir Harry, first baronet (1891–1978), pharmaceutical industrialist, was born on 15 January 1891 at Tardebigge, near Redditch, Worcestershire, youngest of the five children and three sons of John Josiah Jephcott (1853–1929), train driver and former miner, and his wife, Helen (1849–1930), daughter of ...

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North, John Thomas (1842–1896), engineer and nitrate entrepreneur, was born on 30 January 1842 in Holbeck, Leeds, the second child in the family of two sons and one daughter of James North, coal merchant of Leeds, and his wife, Mary Gambles of Batley...

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Sermon, William (bap. 1629, d. 1680), physician and inventor of medicines, was almost certainly the William, son of John Surman, who was baptized on 8 November 1629 at Eldersfield, Worcestershire. He had a brother John, and was a near relative of Edmund, son of ...

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Solomon, Samuel (1768/9–1819), manufacturer of patent medicines, was born in 1768 or 1769. Neither the identity of his parents nor the place of his birth is known, but he was of Jewish origin. He is said to have been a street urchin, hawking either black-ball shoe cleaner in ...

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Joshua Ward (1684/55–1761) by John Faber junior (after E. Loving) © Copyright The British Museum

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Ward, Joshua (1684/5–1761), medical practitioner and inventor of medicines, was the son of William Ward, owner of an alum works, of Guisborough, Cleveland. He had at least two brothers, one being the wealthy and dishonest businessman and MP John Ward of Hackney (...

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Wood, Sir Matthew, first baronet (1768–1843), druggist and politician, was born at Tiverton on 2 June 1768, the eldest of the ten children of William Wood (1738–1809), serge maker, and his wife, Catherine, née Cluse (d. 1798). Matthew, who was brought up as a dissenter, received a brief education at ...