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William Abell (b. c. 1584, d. in or after 1655) by unknown engraver, 1641 [The Copie of a Letter Sent from the Roaring Boyes in Elizium] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Abell, William (b. c. 1584, d. in or after 1655), vintner and local politician, was the son of Thomas Abell of Oundle, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Suzanna Barker. He was probably born at Oundle, where his grandfather William Abell had endowed Oundle School...

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Adams, Sir Thomas, first baronet (bap. 1586, d. 1668), local politician, was born at Wem, Shropshire, where he was baptized on 6 December 1586, the second son of Thomas Adams (bap. 1559, d. 1607) of Wem, yeoman, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of ...

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Appleby, Sir William (1732–1796), eccentric and municipal reformer, was born at Durham on 15 September 1732, the third surviving son of Edward Appleby (1702–1736), a grocer, who was said to have introduced the bleaching of linen cloth from Ireland to Durham, and his wife, ...

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See Armstrong, William George, Baron Armstrong

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Ashton, Margaret (1856–1937), local politician and philanthropist, was born on 19 January 1856 at Ashfield, Wilmslow Road, in Withington, Manchester, the third of the six daughters and three sons of Thomas Ashton (1818–1898), a wealthy cotton manufacturer, and his wife, Elizabeth (1831–1914), daughter of ...

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Margaret Ashton (1856–1937) by Henry Lamb Manchester City Art Galleries / Estate of Henry Lamb

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Aston, Sir Thomas, first baronet (1600–1646), apologist of the Church of England and local politician, was born on 29 September 1600 at Aston near Runcorn, Cheshire, the eldest son of John Aston (d. 1615) and his wife, Maude Needham. The Aston family had a long history of service to the crown and ...

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Sir Thomas Aston, first baronet (1600–1646) by John Souch of Chester, 1635 [Sir Thomas Aston at the Deathbed of his Wife, Magdalene Poultney] photograph courtesy of Manchester City Art Galleries

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Atkins, Samuel Elliott (1807–1898) (1765/6-1855), chronometer maker and politician, was born on 13 April 1807 at Clement's Lane, off Lombard Street in the City of London, the son of George Atkins, chronometer maker, and his wife, Theodosia Mary née...

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Atkins, Thomas [created Sir Thomas Atkins under the protectorate] (c. 1589–1668/9), local politician, was a younger son of John Atkins (d. 1617) of King's Lynn, Norfolk, a prosperous merchant and mercer, and his wife, Joan. Originally from Wells, Norfolk, in 1584 his father had purchased the freedom of the borough of ...

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Auld [née Jardine; other married name Marshall], Mary (1893–1984), local politician and women's organizer, was born on 8 July 1893 in Main Street, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, the fourth child of seven born to Francis Jardine, clog maker, and his wife, Agnes Wallace. She attended ...

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Avery, Thomas (1813–1894), scale manufacturer and local politician, was born on 23 August 1813 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, where he was baptized at St Philip on 25 October 1813, the second son of William Avery (1789–1843), scale maker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Balden...

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Thomas Avery (1813–1894) by Henry Turner Munns Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

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Bacon, Sir Nathaniel (1546?–1622), local politician, was probably born at his father's house in Noble Street, London, the fifth of seven children of Sir Nicholas Bacon (1510–1579), lord keeper, and his first wife, Jane (d. 1552), daughter of Thomas Ferneley, a merchant from ...

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Baker, George (1825–1910), municipal politician and philanthropist, was born at Birmingham, on 11 May 1825, the eldest son in the family of four sons and two daughters of Edward Baker (1800–1857), grocer and later blacking manufacturer, and his wife, Maria, née Downing (1794/5–1869)...

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Barnes, Ambrose (1627–1710), local politician, was born in the second half of 1627, the son of Thomas Barnes of Startforth in the North Riding of Yorkshire and his wife, probably named Anne, who was the daughter of Matthew Stodart of Barnard Castle. Barnes...

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See Barnham [née Bradbridge], Alice

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Barnham, Sir Francis (bap. 1576, d. 1646?), local politician and landowner, was baptized at Hollingbourne, Kent, on 20 October 1576, the eldest son of Martin Barnham of Hollingbourne (bap. 1548, d. 1610) and his first wife, Ursula (d. 1579), daughter of ...

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Beake, Robert (d. 1708), local politician and army officer, is of obscure origins. Having served his apprenticeship, by 1642 he had established himself as a member of the Coventry Drapers' Company. On the outbreak of civil war he raised a regiment for parliament...