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Dosunmu, Samson Olabowale [Ola] (1914–1991?), gambler and nightclub proprietor, was born on 6 October 1914 in the Ijebu region of south-western Nigeria, the son of Dosunmu Adenowa, a farmer. His parents were Ijebu-Yoruba. He was related to a hereditary chieftancy in the Delo-Dosunmu...

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Morton, Charles (1819–1904), music-hall and theatre manager, was born in Hackney, Middlesex, on 15 August 1819. Little is known of his early life, but he was established as a publican by about 1840. In 1849 he acquired the Canterbury Arms in Upper Marsh, Lambeth...

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Nash, Richard [known as Beau Nash] (1674–1761), master of ceremonies and social celebrity, was born on 18 October 1674 at St Mary's Street, Swansea, the son of Richard Nash, a glass maker of modest means, and his wife, the niece of the royalist army officer ...

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Tyers, Jonathan (1702–1767), pleasure garden proprietor, was born of unknown parents. In the early 1720s he married Elizabeth Fermor (1700–1771) whose origins and early life are also obscure. They are said to have separated in 1759, although the wording of Tyers's will does not support this supposition. ...