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Thomas Richard Allinson (1858–1918) by Ray, pubd 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Barrington, John (1764–1824), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 9 October 1764 in Dublin, the first of three children of John Barrington (1723–1784) and his second wife, Mary Anne (fl. 1763–1789), daughter of William Plummer of Enniscorthy, co. Wexford. He was brought up in the Quaker faith to which the ...

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Barrington, Sir Vincent Hunter Barrington Kennett- (1844–1903), humanitarian worker and businessman, was born on 3 September 1844 at Bagna di Lucca, Italy, the eldest son of Vincent Frederick Kennett (b. 1799), a retired captain of the East India Company army, and his wife, ...

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Thomas Christopher Calvert (1903–1984) by Barbara Drew Wensleydale

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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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Cole, Cecil Jackson- (1901–1979), businessman and charity founder, was born on 1 November 1901 at 27 Knox Road, Forest Gate, London, the elder child and only son (there was another son from a later marriage) of Albert Edward Cole, a dealer in new and secondhand furniture, and his wife (who was also his cousin), ...

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Thomas Robinson Ferens (1847–1930) by Frank Dicksee, 1913 Hull Museums, Guildhall

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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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Flavelle, Sir Joseph Wesley, first baronet (1858–1939), businessman and philanthropist in Canada, was born on 15 February 1858 in Peterborough, Canada, the fifth and youngest child of John Flavelle (1823–1882), a clerk, and his wife, Dorothea Dundas (1823–1908), a teacher, who on their marriage in 1847 emigrated from ...

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Goodfellow, Sir William (1880–1974), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 26 May 1880 at Terarauhi, Alexandra, near Te Awamutu in the district of Waikato, New Zealand, the eldest of the six children of Thomas Goodfellow (1854–1938) and his wife, Jane Grace (1856–1950), the daughter of ...

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Hodge, Sir Julian Stephen Alfred (1904–2004), merchant banker, businessman, and philanthropist, was born on 15 October 1904 at 12 Vicarage Road, Camberwell, London, the son of Alfred Hodge, a journeyman plumber and gas fitter, and his wife, Jane Emily, née Simcock (d...

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Johnson, Robert Alan [Bob] (1940–2001), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 24 September 1940 at St Giles's Hospital, Camberwell, London, the youngest child and only son of Herbert Harcourt (Bert) Johnson, a clerk at a meat depot, and his wife, Lily, née Good...

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Laing, Hector, Baron Laing of Dunphail (1923–2010), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 12 May 1923 at 20 Braid Avenue, Edinburgh, the son of Hector Laing, businessman, and his wife, Margaret Norris, née Grant. He was born into a wealthy family, the fortunes of which came from the success of his maternal grandfather, ...

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Moore, George (1806–1876), philanthropist and businessman, was born on 9 April 1806 at Mealsgate, a farm of about 60 acres in Cumberland, the third of the five children of John Moore, statesman, and his wife, Peggy Lowes. His life, as memorialized by Samuel Smiles...

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Samuel Morley (1809–1886) by Lock & Whitfield, pubd 1882 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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...

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Morrison, Walter (1836–1921), businessman, politician, and benefactor, was born in London on 21 May 1836, the fifth son of James Morrison (1789–1857), of the firm of Morrison, Dillon, & Co., and his wife, Mary (d. 1887), daughter of John Todd, of the same firm. ...

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Rawdon, Christopher (1780–1858), businessman and benefactor of a fund for Unitarian ministers, was born at Halifax on 13 April 1780, the eldest son of Christopher and Sophia Rawdon. His father (d. 1822), the sixth in succession with this name, owned mills at ...

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Reckitt, Sir James, first baronet (1833–1924), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 14 November 1833 in Nottingham, the sixth of seven children of Isaac Reckitt (1792–1862), miller and corn factor, and his wife, Anne (d. 1874), daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Coleby...