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Bowes, Sir Martin (1496/7–1566), goldsmith and mayor of London, was born in York in the parish of St Cuthbert, Peaseholme. Despite his disclaimer in 1549 that at the time of his going thirty-eight years previously to London at the age of fourteen (...

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Chester, Sir William (c. 1509–1595?), mayor of London, was the second son of John Chester (d. 1513), citizen and draper of London, and his wife, Joan (d. 1545), the daughter of one Hill of London and widow of Richard Wellis. John Chester...

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Clayton, John (1792–1890), civic leader and antiquary, was born on 10 June 1792 at Newcastle upon Tyne, the fourth child and third son of Nathaniel Clayton (1760–1832), town clerk and solicitor, and his wife, Dorothy, née Atkinson (1764–1827), daughter of George and Bridget Atkinson...

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Farrer, Dame Frances Margaret (1895–1977), public servant, was born on 17 March 1895 at 24a Bryanston Square, London, the first daughter and middle child of Thomas Cecil Farrer (1859–1940), second Baron Farrer of Abingder, and his wife, Evelyn Mary, née Spring-Rice (1862–1898), musician and daughter of ...

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Hatherley, John (d. 1460/1461), merchant and mayor of London, was, according to a seventeenth-century pedigree, the son of a Bristol man of the same name. Certainly a first-generation immigrant to the city of London, he had established himself there as an ironmonger by the summer of ...

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Hooker [Vowell], John (c. 1527–1601), antiquary and civic administrator, was born at Bourbridge Hall, Exeter, the second son of Robert Vowell or Hooker of Exeter (b. in or before 1466, d. 1537) and his third wife, Agnes Doble (1502?–1537) of Woodbridge, Suffolk...

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Leigh, Sir Thomas (d. 1571), mayor of London, was the son of Roger Leigh of Wellington in Shropshire. He was apprenticed to Thomas Seymer, a member of the Mercers' Company, and was made free in 1526. From 1528 until 1540 Leigh rented a tenement in ...

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Leman, Sir John (1544–1632), merchant and mayor of London, was born at Saxlingham, Norfolk, a younger son of John Leman of Beccles in Suffolk and the neighbouring Norfolk village of Gillingham, and his wife, Mary, the daughter of John Alston of Pevenham in ...

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Mogg, William Rees-, Baron Rees-Mogg (1928–2012), newspaper editor and public servant, was born at 13 Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol, on 14 July 1928, the youngest of three children and only son of Edmund Fletcher Rees-Mogg (1889–1962), a Somerset landowner, and his wife, Beatrice, ...

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Playfair, Sir Hugh Lyon (1786–1861), army officer and provost of St Andrews, was born at the manse, Meigle, Perthshire, on 17 November 1786, the third of four surviving sons and four daughters of Dr James Playfair (1738–1819), principal of the United College, St Andrews...

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Rainton, Sir Nicholas (1569–1646), mayor of London, was baptized on 10 June 1569 at Heighington in the parish of Washingborough, Lincolnshire, the third son of Robert Rainton and his wife, Margaret. On 16 November 1602 at St Christopher-le-Stocks, London, he married Rebecca (...

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Spencer, Sir John (d. 1610), merchant and lord mayor of London, was the son of Richard Spencer of Waldingfield in Suffolk, but details of his family background and early years are not known. There is no record of his London apprenticeship or freedom, but he entered the livery of the ...

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Stevenson, Sir Daniel Macaulay, baronet (1851–1944), civic administrator and philanthropist, was born in Glasgow on 1 August 1851, the second of the seven children of John Stevenson (1823–1913), engineer, and his wife, Jessie Macaulay (d. 1880). His maternal grandfather, Daniel Macaulay, power-loom tenter and pioneering ...