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Allinson, Thomas Richard (1858–1918), dietitian and businessman, was born at 43 Rumford Street, Hulme, Lancashire, on 29 March 1858, the son of Thomas Allinson, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Ellen (formerly Sims). He left school at fifteen and, aiming to be a doctor, he subsidized his studies by becoming a chemist's assistant. In 1879 he graduated LRCP (...

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Bythell, John Kenworthy (1840–1916), businessman, was born on 20 April 1840 at 83 Great Jackson Street, Hulme, Manchester, the son of James Bythell, a calenderer and maker-up employed in the city's shipping trade, and his wife, Sarah, née Southell. He joined the merchant firm of ...

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Calvert, Thomas Christopher [Kit] (1903–1984), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 26 April 1903 at Burtersett, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, the oldest of the three sons of John Edward Calvert (1877–1946), quarryman, and his wife, Rose, née Fothergill (1878–1966). Both his parents were natives of the ...

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Cartwright, Sir Richard (1835–1912), businessman and politician in Canada, born in Kingston, Upper Canada, on 4 December 1835, was the son of the Revd Robert David Cartwright (d. 1843) and his wife, Harriet Dobbs (1808–1887). His paternal grandfather, Richard Cartwright (1759–1815), the founder of the Canadian family, was a very wealthy man and one of the Conservative leaders of early ...

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Catherwood, Sir Henry Frederick Ross (Fred) (1925–2014), businessman, politician, and evangelical leader, was born on 30 January 1925 in Creagh, near Bellaghy, County Londonderry, the eldest of three children of (Harold Matthew) Stuart Catherwood (1899–1973), haulier and bus company owner, and his wife ...

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Davis, Sir John Henry Harris (1906–1993), businessman, was born on 10 November 1906 at 148 Monega Road, East Ham, Essex, the son of Sidney Myring Davis, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Emily, née Harris (christened John Henry, Davis later adopted his mother's maiden name as a further forename). He was educated at the ...

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Defoe, Daniel (1660?–1731), writer and businessman, was the youngest of the three children of James Foe (d. 1706), a prosperous tallow chandler in the parish of Cripplegate and a freeman of the City of London, and Alice Foe, who died some time between 1668 and 1671. His sisters, ...

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Engels, Friedrich [Frederick] (1820–1895), businessman and revolutionary leader, was born on 28 November 1820 in Barmen, Westphalia, the son of Friedrich Engels (1796–1860), a textile manufacturer, and Elizabeth, née van Haar (1797–1873), the daughter of a schoolmaster of Dutch origin. Frederick (as he came to be known in ...

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Ferens, Thomas Robinson (1847–1930), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 4 May 1847 at East Thickley, near Bishop Auckland, the third of the seven children of George Waller Ferens (1817–1893), flour miller, of New Shildon, co. Durham, and his wife, Anne, née Jackson...

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Geddes, Auckland Campbell, first Baron Geddes (1879–1954), politician and businessman, was born in London on 21 June 1879, the second of three sons of Auckland (originally Acland) Campbell Geddes (1831–1908), civil engineer, and his wife, Christina Helen Macleod Anderson (1850–1914). He had four sisters, of whom two survived into adulthood. His siblings included ...

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Geddes, Sir Eric Campbell (1875–1937), politician and businessman, was born at Agra, India, on 26 September 1875, the second of five children of Auckland Campbell Geddes (1831–1908), civil engineer, of Edinburgh and his wife, Christina Helen Macleod (1850–1914), daughter of the Revd Alexander Anderson...

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Goodman, John Dent (1816–1900), businessman and banker, was born in Peterborough on 15 April 1816, the son and the first of four children of Thomas Goodman (1792–1874), grocer, of Peterborough, and Mary Dent of Lincoln. He was a pupil at Peterborough grammar school...

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Hitchcock, Sir Eldred Frederick (1887–1959), businessman, was born on 9 December 1887 in Islington, London, the eldest, with his twin sister, Effie, of the seven children of Eldred Hitchcock, superintendent of Dr Barnardo's Home, Epsom, and his wife, Louisa Naomi Orchard. He was educated at ...

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Horne, Robert Stevenson, Viscount Horne of Slamannan (1871–1940), politician and businessman, was born on 28 February 1871 at Slamannan, Stirlingshire, the youngest son of Robert Stevenson Horne (1830–1887), Church of Scotland minister of the parish of Slamannan, and his wife, Mary, daughter of ...

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Law, Andrew Bonar (1858–1923), businessman and prime minister, was born on 16 September 1858 in Kingston, New Brunswick, Canada. His father, the Revd James Law (1822–1882), was an Ulsterman of Scottish descent who served as Presbyterian minister of the Free Church of Scotland...

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Lord, Thomas (1755–1832), founder of Lord's cricket ground and businessman, was born on 23 November 1755 at Thirsk, Yorkshire, the son of William Lord, a labourer from a Roman Catholic family. Lord's ancestors had suffered for their allegiance to the Jacobite cause and had had their lands sequestered, forcing his father to work as a labourer. The family moved to ...

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Marquis, Frederick James, first earl of Woolton (1883–1964), politician and businessman, was born on 23 August 1883 at 163 West Park Street, Salford, the only child of Thomas Robert Marquis (d. 1944), a saddler, and his wife, Margaret (née Ormerod). They were determined that their son would rise beyond the lower middle classes into which he was born and focused their support and hopes on him. After ...

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Matthews, Victor Collin, Baron Matthews (1919–1995), businessman, was born on 5 December 1919 at 14 Cloudesley Square, Islington, London, the son of Abraham Cohen Matthews, a master tailor, and his wife, Jenny, née Edwards. His father disappeared soon after his birth, and he was brought up by his mother. Educated at ...

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Mompesson, Sir Giles (1583/4–1651x63), projector, was the eldest son of Thomas Mompesson (d. 1587) of Bathampton, Wiltshire, and his second wife, Honor, daughter of Giles Estcourt of Salisbury. He had two younger brothers, Thomas and John, the latter rector of Codford St Mary, Wiltshire...

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Morley, Samuel (1809–1886), businessman, politician, and philanthropist, born in Well Street, Hackney, on 15 October 1809, was the youngest child of John Morley of Sneinton, Nottingham, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Richard Poulton of Maidenhead. The Morley family manufactured hosiery in Nottingham...