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Blain, Sir Herbert Edwin (1870–1942), safety campaigner and political agent, was born at 341 Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool, on 14 May 1870, the son of Arbuthnot Harrisson Blain (1830/31–1912), a chemist and druggist, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Stalker. He attended the Liverpool Technical School...

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Bonham, Francis Robert (1785–1863), political party agent, was born in London on 6 September 1785, he and an older sister Susan being the only surviving children (two sons and a daughter having died in infancy) of Francis Warren Bonham, landowner of Ballintaggart, co. Kildare...

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Bruce, Robert (d. 1602), political agent and spy, was 'the son of a poor gentleman and a merchant's daughter' (CSP Scot., 1597–1603, 609), and a brother of the laird of Bynnie. He acted for some time as secretary to ...

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Coppock, James (1798–1857), election agent, was born at Stockport on 2 September 1798, the eldest son of William Coppock, a mercer of that town. He was educated at the school of the Revd Mr Higginson, Unitarian minister of Stockport. After serving an apprenticeship in his father's business, he was placed as a clerk with a wholesale haberdasher in ...

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William Dickinson (bap. 1756, d. 1822) by William Holl, pubd 1801 (after William P. Sherlock) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dickinson, William (bap. 1756, d. 1822), antiquary and political manager, was baptized William Dickinson Rastall at St Mary's, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, on 15 June 1756, the only son of the Revd Dr William Rastall (1724–1788) and his wife, Mary Allgood of Branton, Northumberland. His father, who in 1774 became vicar-general of the chapter of ...

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Dicsone [Dickson], Alexander (bap. 1558, d. 1603/4), philosophical writer and political agent, was baptized at Kirkton, Errol, Scotland, in December 1558, as the son of Alexander Dickson and Margaret Hay. He was educated at St Leonard's College, St Andrews (graduating 1577). He may have spent part of the next few years on the continent (perhaps in ...

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Gray, William (1751–1845), lawyer and political agent, was born on 27 April 1751 at Hedon, near Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the only child of William Gray (1719–1793), linen weaver, and his second wife, Margaret Thompson (1706?–1761), who was described in the family papers as '...

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Horn, Alexander [name in religion Maurus] (1762–1820), Benedictine monk and political agent, was born in north-east Scotland on 28 June 1762, the son of Alexander Horn and Jeanette, his wife (d. 1807). His father was descended from the Horns, lairds of Westhall...

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Horne, Donald (1787–1870), lawyer and political agent, was born on 20 May 1787 at Stanstill in Caithness, the second son of John Horne (c.1753–1823), of Stirkoke. If, as is likely, he was the Donald Horne baptized at Halkirk, Caithness, on 26 May, his mother was named ...

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Macleane, Lauchlin [formerly Laughlin McLean] (1728/9–1778), political agent and speculator, was born some time between 30 May 1728 and 29 May 1729, at either Ballymoney or Rasharkin, both in co. Antrim, Ireland. He was the eldest of four children of the Revd John McLean (1699–1765)...

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Richard William Evelyn Middleton (1846–1905) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Middleton, Richard William Evelyn (1846–1905), political agent, was born in Putney, Surrey, on 16 February 1846, the younger son of Alexander Middleton (d. 1846), Admiralty clerk, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Neave, secretary to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea; they had two sons and one daughter. After a private education ...

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Nevill, William, first marquess of Abergavenny (1826–1915), party manager, was born on 16 September 1826 at Longford Hall, Shropshire, the eldest son and heir of William Nevill, the fourth earl of Abergavenny (d. 1868), of Eridge Castle, Frant, near Tunbridge Wells, and of ...

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Parkes, Joseph (1796–1865), election agent and reformer, was born on 22 January 1796 in Warwick, the fourth son of John Parkes, worsted manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah. His brother was Josiah Parkes, the agricultural and civil engineer. Parkes was brought up in the traditions of moderate dissent. His father, a trustee of the Unitarian church in ...

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Rose, Sir Philip, first baronet (1816–1883), lawyer and political agent, was born in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, on 12 April 1816, third son in the family of four sons and one daughter of William Rose (1776–1846), doctor of Wycombe, and Charlotte (1785–1869), daughter of William Baly...

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Rutter, John (1796–1851), topographer and local political agent, was born in Castle Street, Bristol, on 10 April 1796, the youngest of seven children of Thomas Rutter (1741–1800), a Quaker bellows and brushmaker, and Hester Farley (1750–1806). Orphaned in 1806 he was brought up as a Quaker by two elder sisters and apprenticed in 1811 to a linen draper in ...

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Smith, Sidney (1805–1881), political agent, was born on 30 September 1805 at Leith, Edinburgh, the second son of William Drummond Smith, solicitor. He studied law at the University of Edinburgh and practised as a solicitor there while pursuing his interest in 'social morality and the science of mind...

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Soutter, Francis William (1844–1932), political agent and activist, was born at 38 Canterbury Street, Lambeth, London, on 23 April 1844, the second child of Francis Soutter (d. 1855), manager of a tobacco manufactory, and his wife, Harriet, née Hancock (d. 1854)...

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Spofforth, Markham (1825–1907), lawyer and political agent, was born at Newfields, near Howden, Yorkshire, on 14 March 1825, the second son of Samuel Spofforth (1784–1869), solicitor, and his wife, Anne, only daughter of Thomas Richardson of Market Weighton, Yorkshire. He was educated at ...