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Michael Thomas Bass (1799–1884) by W. W. Winter © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bass, Michael Thomas (1799–1884), brewer and politician, was born on 6 July 1799 at Burton upon Trent, the eldest son of Michael Thomas Bass (1759–1827), brewer, and his wife, Sarah, née Hoskins (1763–1837). He was educated at the grammar school in Burton and afterwards at ...

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Cooke, Charles Wallwyn Radcliffe (1840–1911), politician and promoter of cider making, was born at Hellens manor house, Much Marcle, Herefordshire, on 16 January 1840, the son and only surviving child of Robert Duffield Cooke (1795/6–1882), landowner and farmer, and his wife, Mary Anne (1797/8–1871)...

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Charles Wallwyn Radcliffe Cooke (1840–1911) by John Benjamin Stone, 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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See Dewar, John Alexander, first Baron Forteviot

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Earp, Thomas (1830–1910), maltster and politician, was born on 7 May 1830 at Muskham Grange, Muskham, near Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, the only son of William Earp, gardener at Muskham Grange, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of James Taylor. Shortly after Thomas's birth, the family moved to ...

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Sir James Tynte Agg- Gardner (1846–1928) by James Russell & Sons, 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gardner, Sir James Tynte Agg- (1846–1928), brewer and politician, was born on 25 November 1846, at Cheltenham, the elder son of James Agg-Gardner (1804–1858) and his wife, Eulalie Emily (1819–1901), the fifth daughter and coheir of William Richard Hopkins-Northey. He had one brother and a sister. His father took the additional surname after his patronymic of ...

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Gretton, John, first Baron Gretton (1867–1947), brewer and politician, was born on 1 September 1867 at Bladen House, Winshill, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, the eldest of the three sons and five daughters of John Gretton (1833–1899), of Bladen House, Winshill, Staffordshire, and Grantham Lodge, Cowes, Isle of Wight...

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William McEwan (1827–1913) by Walter William Ouless, exh. RA 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McEwan, William (1827–1913), brewer and politician, was born at Alloa, Scotland, on 16 July 1827, the third of five children (two daughters and three sons) of John McEwan, a local shipowner, and his wife, Anne Jeffrey, whose father was a farmer at Throsk...

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Parsons, Humphrey (c. 1676–1741), brewer and politician, was the third and only surviving son of Sir John Parsons (1613–1717), and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Humphrey Beane of Epsom. John Parsons, from a London brewing family, prospered as proprietor of the Red Lion brewery...

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Thrale, Henry (1728–1781), brewer and politician, was the only son of Ralph Thrale (d. 1758), a wealthy brewer of Southwark who was master of the Brewers' Company, high sheriff of Surrey, and MP for Southwark in 1741–7. Thrale's grandfather was a ‘yeoman’ of ...

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George Younger, first Viscount Younger of Leckie (1851–1929) by Bassano, 1922 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Younger, George, first Viscount Younger of Leckie (1851–1929), brewer and politician, was born on 13 October 1851 at the Brewery House, Bank Street, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, the eldest of six children of James Younger (1818–1868) and his wife, Janet (d. 1912), elder daughter of ...

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Younger, George Kenneth Hotson, Baron Younger of Prestwick and fourth Viscount Younger of Leckie (1931–2003), brewer, politician, and banker, was born on 22 September 1931 at Garfield House, Victoria Square, Stirling, the eldest child in the family of three sons and one daughter of ...