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Ashe, John (1597–1659), clothier and parliamentarian activist, was born in Westcombe, Somerset, the eldest son of James Ashe (d. 1646), clothier, and his wife, Grace Pitt, daughter of Richard Pitt of Weymouth. He was baptized at Batcombe, in the same county, on 27 October 1597. He married ...

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Douglas, George William (1859–1947), woollen and worsted dyer, was born on 14 August 1859 at 26 Spring Gardens, Bradford, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the eldest son and second child in the family of three sons and two daughters of David Maitland Douglas...

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Dunsford, Martin (1744–1807), serge maker and antiquary, was born on 2 February 1744 in Tiverton, Devon, the eldest son of Martin Dunsford (1711–1763), serge maker, and his wife, Anne Stone (d. 1798). He was taught at home by his father until he was eight, when he was sent to ...

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Early, Charles (1824–1912), blanket manufacturer, was born on 29 December 1824 at West End, Witney, Oxfordshire, the eighth child and youngest son in the family of four sons and five daughters of John Early (1783–1862), blanket maker, and his wife, Elizabeth (Betsy), née...

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Ecroyd, William Farrer (1827–1915), worsted manufacturer and politician, was born on 14 July 1827, at Lomeshaye, near Burnley, Lancashire, the first of the four children of William Ecroyd (1796–1876), worsted spinner, and his second wife, Margaret (1797–1835), the eldest daughter of William Farrer...

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Foster, William (1821–1884), worsted manufacturer and merchant, was born on 2 February 1821, probably at Low Fold, Clayton, Queenshead (later Queensbury), near Bradford, Yorkshire, the eldest son of John Foster (1798–1879), worsted cloth merchant, and his wife, Ruth (1801–1882), daughter of Abraham Briggs...

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Helliker [Hilliker], Thomas [called the Trowbridge Martyr] (1783–1803), woollen-cloth worker and machine breaker, was the sixth child of Thomas Hilliker (1745–1819) and Elizabeth Ebsworth (1749–1831); he was born at Horningsham, Wiltshire, and baptized there on 17 May 1783. Like his elder brothers ...

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Holden, Sir Isaac, first baronet (1807–1897), inventor of a wool-combing machine, entrepreneur, and politician, was born on 7 May 1807 at Hurlet, near Paisley, the seventh child of Isaac Holden (d. 1826) and his wife, Alice, née Forrest. His father, a native of ...

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Illingworth, Alfred (1827–1907), worsted spinner and politician, was born on 25 September 1827 at Kent Street, Bradford, Yorkshire, the elder son of Daniel Illingworth (1792–1854), worsted spinner, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Michael Hill of Bradford. He was educated at a private academy in ...

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Mactaggart, William Alexander (1906–2002), woollen manufacturer, was born at Braeside, Weensland Road, Hawick, Roxburghshire, on 17 August 1906, the son of William Alexander Main Mactaggart, businessman, and his wife, Margaret Jane, née Cooper. He was educated at St Mary's preparatory school, Melrose, and then at ...

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Oldroyd, Sir Mark (1843–1927), woollen manufacturer and politician, was born on 30 May 1843 at Spinkwell, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, the youngest of the three sons and two daughters of Mark Oldroyd (1797–1874) and his wife, Rachel, the daughter of Marmaduke Fox, of Soothill, Dewsbury...

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A. F. Pollard and Charlotte Fell-Smith

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Pease, Edward (1767–1858), woollen manufacturer and railway promoter, born at Darlington on 31 May 1767, was the eldest son of Joseph Pease, woollen manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Richardson. A brother, Joseph (1772–1846), was one of the founders of the Peace Society in 1817, and a supporter of the ...

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Edward Pease (1767–1858) by William Miller © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Priestman, John (1805–1866), manufacturer of worsted goods and peace campaigner, son of Joshua and Hannah Priestman, was born at Thornton, near Pickering, Yorkshire, where his ancestors had lived for more than 200 years. He is believed to have been educated at the Society of Friends'...

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Raper, George Frederick (1909–1973), mechanical engineer and inventor of wool textile machinery, was born at 7 Cranbourne Road, Bradford, on 4 April 1909, the son of Arthur Ernest Raper (1870–1948) and his wife, Maggie Maud, née Smith (1878/9–1960). Arthur Raper was chairman and managing director of the long-established woolcombers ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Riddell, James (d. 1674), merchant and manufacturer of soap and broadcloth, was the only son of James Riddell and his wife, Bessie Allan. The elder James Riddell was an English merchant descended from a landowning family, who traded in Cracow, Poland, and later moved to ...

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Sir James Roberts, first baronet (1848–1935) by unknown artist, 1920s © by kind permission of the Roberts Family / Kilnsey Estate

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Roberts, Sir James, first baronet (1848–1935), mill owner and benefactor, was born on 30 September 1848 at Lane Ends, Oakworth, near Haworth, Yorkshire, the ninth of the eleven children (five sons and six daughters) of James Roberts (1807–1888), wool weaver and later farmer, from ...

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Taylor, Theodore Cooke (1850–1952), woollen manufacturer and politician, was born at New Hall, Carlinghow, Batley, West Riding of Yorkshire, on 3 August 1850, the eldest son of Joshua Taylor (1821–1879), cloth manufacturer, and his wife, Alice (d. 1860), daughter of Samuel Cooke...