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Barnard, Sir John (c. 1685–1764), politician, was born of Quaker parentage about 1685 at Reading, presumably in or near his maternal grandfather's estate of Play Hatch. Brought up in London, where his father was a prosperous wine merchant, and educated at a Quaker school in ...

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Forster, William Edward (1818–1886), politician, born at Bradpole, Dorset, on 11 July 1818, was the only son of William Forster (1784–1854), Quaker philanthropist and minister, and his wife, Anna (1784–1855), daughter of Thomas Fowell Buxton, gentleman, and sister of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, ...

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Fowler, Sir Robert Nicholas, first baronet (1828–1891), banker and politician, was born at Bruce Grove, Tottenham, Middlesex, on 12 September 1828, the only child of Thomas Fowler (d. 1851) and his wife, Lucy Waterhouse. His father, a well-connected member of the Society of Friends...

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Wilson, James (1805–1860), economist and politician, was born on 3 June 1805 at Hawick, Roxburghshire, the fourth son of the fifteen children of William Wilson (1764–1832), woollen manufacturer, and his wife, Elizabeth Richardson (d. 1815). From 1816 to 1820 he attended a Quaker school at ...