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Sir Percy Elly Bates, fourth baronet (1879–1946) by George Charles Beresford, 1913 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bates, Sir Percy Elly, fourth baronet (1879–1946), merchant and shipowner, was born at Beechenhurst, Wavertree, Liverpool, on 12 May 1879, the second of seven sons of Edward Percy Bates (1845–1899), who became second baronet, and his wife, Constance Elisabeth, daughter of Samuel Robert Graves...

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William Butterworth (1769–1834) self-portrait, pubd 1823 © reserved

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Butterworth, William (1769–1834), slave-ship sailor and engraver, was born on 2 October 1769 at 55 Kirkgate, Leeds, Yorkshire, the second of five children of the Leeds engraver and copperplate printer John Butterworth, who had set up in business in Leeds in 1758. William...

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Chance, Sir James Timmins, first baronet (1814–1902), glass manufacturer and lighthouse engineer, was born in Birmingham on 22 March 1814, the eldest of the six sons of William Chance (1788–1856), merchant and glass manufacturer, of Spring Grove, Birmingham, and his wife, Phoebe (...

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Dawes, Sir Edwyn Sandys (1838–1903), merchant and shipowner, was born at Dilhorne, Staffordshire, on 27 January 1838, the second son of the Revd Charles Thomas Dawes (1793–1863) and his wife, Mary Henrietta (1804–1875), daughter of Captain Henry Sherwood, army officer, and Mrs Mary Martha Sherwood (1775–1851)...

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Francis Egerton, third duke of Bridgewater (1736–1803) by Peter Rouw, 1803 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Egerton, Francis, third duke of Bridgewater (1736–1803), canal promoter and colliery owner, was born on 21 May 1736 and baptized the following month at St James's, Piccadilly, London. He was the youngest of eleven children of Scroop Egerton, first duke of Bridgewater (1681–1745)...

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Eldred, Thomas (1561–1624), mariner and merchant, was born in Brook Street, St Mary Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24 October 1561 and was baptized at St Mary Quay Church on 8 November following. He was the second, and eldest surviving, of the six sons of ...

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Fenner, George (c. 1540–1618), merchant and privateer, is of unknown parentage. However, the name Fenner was common in west Sussex, and the family into which he was born has been described variously as a mercantile clan in Chichester itself, or as a minor but armigerous gentry family based at ...

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Goldsborough, Sir John (d. 1693), mariner and East India Company servant, is of obscure antecedents. A branch of the Goldsborough family was domiciled at Hadleigh near Ipswich in the seventeenth century and Goldsborough bequeathed a life interest in an estate in Suffolk to his wife; otherwise there are no indications of links with the county. He also left her house property in ...

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Hawkins, William (c. 1519–1589), merchant and sea captain, was the elder of two sons of William Hawkins (b. before 1490, d. 1554/5), merchant and MP, and his wife, Joan, only child of Roger Trelawny, of Brightor, Cornwall. Little is known of his youth, but he probably served on some of his father's voyages to ...

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Henley, Michael (c. 1742–1813), merchant and shipowner, was probably born at Rotherhithe. His origins are obscure though he may well have been the son of a Francis Henley from Ireland, who lived in Rotherhithe before being buried at Bermondsey in February 1785. Michael Henley...

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Noah Hingley (1796–1877) by unknown engraver taken from original held at Dudley Archives & Local History Service

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Hingley, Noah (1796–1877), ironmaster and manufacturer of chain cables, was born at Rowley, Staffordshire, on 7 March 1796, the son of Isaac Hingley and his wife, Esther, née Willetts. The surname of Hingley, largely confined to the Black Country, was reputed to be derived from Huguenot antecedents. Following his father's trade, ...

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Holditch, Abraham (bap. 1639, d. 1678), naval officer and merchant adventurer, was baptized on 12 May 1639 at Totnes, Devon. He was probably the son of William Holditch (d. 1646?) and his wife, Agnes (bap. 1617), formerly Jakes. He married at ...

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Hortop, Job (fl. 1550–1591), powder maker and seaman, was born in Bourne, Lincolnshire. From the age of twelve he served the queen's powder maker in Rotherhithe, London, until pressed as a gunner in the Jesus of Lubeck on John Hawkins's third slaving voyage (October 1567). After the disaster at ...

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Jones, Sir Alfred Lewis (1845–1909), shipping entrepreneur and colonial magnate, was born on 24 February 1845 at either Picton Place or Lammas Street, Carmarthen, the only surviving son of Daniel Jones (d. 1869) of Carmarthen, currier, and his wife, Mary, eldest daughter of ...

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Leigh, Charles (bap. 1572, d. 1605), merchant and sea captain, was baptized on 12 March 1572 at Addington, Surrey, the seventh of eight children of John Leigh (d. 1576) and his wife, Joan (d. 1593), daughter and heir of Sir John Oliph...