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Fletcher, Sir Henry, first baronet (1727?–1807), politician and director of the East India Company, was the seventh child of John Fletcher of Clea Hall, Cumberland, and his second wife, Isabella, daughter and coheir of John Senhouse of Netherhall, Cumberland. He joined the naval service of the ...

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Grant, Sir Alexander, fifth baronet (1705–1772), merchant and politician, was born at the Mains of Dalvey, Inverness-shire, on 1 July 1705, the eldest of the three children of Patrick Grant (c.1654–1755), a barber and farmer, and his wife, Lydia, of Borlum...

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Gregory, Robert (1729?–1810), director of the East India Company and politician, was born in co. Galway, Ireland. Little is known of his background other than that he was the son of Henry Gregory of Galway and his wife, Mary, daughter of Robert Shaw...

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McGhee, Richard (1851–1930), trade unionist and politician, was born at Lurgan in Ulster in late January or early February 1851, the eldest of three sons of protestant parents, Richard and Alice McGhee. He was baptized on 12 February 1851. His father was a poor tenant farmer on the estate of ...

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Pallady, Richard (b. 1515/16, d. in or before 1563), household official and member of parliament, was born of a yeoman family at Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire. He was educated as a king's scholar at Eton College from about 1529 and admitted to King's College, Cambridge...

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Shepheard, Samuel (c. 1648–1719), merchant and politician, about whose early life little is known, may have been the son of Joshua Shepheard, a London saddler. On 23 September 1673 he married Mary (d. 1723), daughter of Edward Chamberlayne of Princethorpe, Warwickshire. His considerable success as a merchant owed much to his initial involvement in first the wine and then the ...

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Tarleton, John (1755–1841), merchant and politician, was born at Liverpool, the third of the seven children of John Tarleton (1719–1773), a merchant, and Jane Parker (1726–1797), daughter and coheir of Banastre Parker of Cuerden, Lancashire. At his death the elder John Tarleton left an estate worth some ...

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Thomson, George (bap. 1607, d. 1691), merchant and politician, was baptized on 12 April 1607 at Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, the second son of Robert Thomson (1570–c.1638), and his wife, Elizabeth Halfhead (or Harsnett; bap. 1579, d. after 1622), and younger brother of ...