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David Dale (1739–1806) by John Henning, 1803 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dale, David (1739–1806), merchant and cottonmaster, was born on 6 January 1739 at Stewarton, Ayrshire, the son of William Dale (1708–1796), a grocer and general dealer, and his second wife, Martha Dunlop (1719–1796). Dale was a local herdboy, and then in the 1750s an apprentice weaver in ...

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Greg, Samuel (1758–1834), cotton manufacturer, was born on 26 March 1758 in Belfast, the second surviving son of Thomas Greg, a wealthy Belfast merchant and shipowner, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Hyde, a Lancashire merchant and landowner. In 1766, at the age of eight, he went to live with his childless uncle ...

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Kilburn, William (1745–1818), artist and calico printer, was born on 1 November 1745, at Capel Street, Dublin, the only son of Samuel Kilburn, architect of that city. He showed an early talent for drawing, and was apprenticed to John Lisson, an English calico printer with a large works at ...

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Macara, Sir Charles Wright, first baronet (1845–1929), cotton spinner, was born at Strathmiglo, Fife, on 11 January 1845, the only child of the Revd William Macara, minister of the Free Church of Scotland, and his wife, Charlotte Grace, daughter of Thomas Cowpar, of ...

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McCabe, William Putnam (c. 1776–1821), Irish nationalist and cotton manufacturer, was born in Belfast, the third of four children of Thomas McCabe (c.1739–1820), watchmaker, cotton manufacturer, and United Irishman, and his first wife, Jean Woolsey (d. June 1790), daughter of ...

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Montgomery, James (1794–1880), cotton manufacturer and author, was born on 2 December 1794 at the cotton mill village of Blantyre on the Clyde in Lanarkshire, son of William Montgomery, employed in Taylor's cotton mill, and his wife, Helen, née Reid. Little is known of ...