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Finlay, Kirkman (1773–1842), cotton merchant, was born in April 1773 in the Gallowgate, Glasgow, the second son of James Finlay (1727–1790), a minor Glasgow textile merchant, and his wife, Abigail, née Whirry, the daughter of an innkeeper at Whitehaven, Cumberland. James Finlay had the foresight to invite ...

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Paton, Alexander Allan (1874–1934), cotton merchant and broker, was the only son of the five children of Alexander Allan Paton (1837–1904) and his wife, Marie, the daughter of John Crowshaw of New York. His father was a successful Scottish-American cotton merchant who had emigrated to the ...

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Petit, Sir Dinshaw Manockjee, first baronet (1823–1901), cotton merchant and philanthropist in India, was born at Bombay on 30 June 1823, the elder of two sons of Manockjee Nasarwanji Petit (1803–1859), a Parsi merchant, and his wife, Bai Humabai (1809–1851), daughter of J. D. ...