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Allinson, Thomas Richard (1858–1918), dietitian and businessman, was born at 43 Rumford Street, Hulme, Lancashire, on 29 March 1858, the son of Thomas Allinson, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Ellen (formerly Sims). He left school at fifteen and, aiming to be a doctor, he subsidized his studies by becoming a chemist's assistant. In 1879 he graduated LRCP (...

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Cartwright, Sir Richard (1835–1912), businessman and politician in Canada, born in Kingston, Upper Canada, on 4 December 1835, was the son of the Revd Robert David Cartwright (d. 1843) and his wife, Harriet Dobbs (1808–1887). His paternal grandfather, Richard Cartwright (1759–1815), the founder of the Canadian family, was a very wealthy man and one of the Conservative leaders of early ...

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Davis, Sir John Henry Harris (1906–1993), businessman, was born on 10 November 1906 at 148 Monega Road, East Ham, Essex, the son of Sidney Myring Davis, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Emily, née Harris (christened John Henry, Davis later adopted his mother's maiden name as a further forename). He was educated at the ...

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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Goodman, John Dent (1816–1900), businessman and banker, was born in Peterborough on 15 April 1816, the son and the first of four children of Thomas Goodman (1792–1874), grocer, of Peterborough, and Mary Dent of Lincoln. He was a pupil at Peterborough grammar school...

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Hitchcock, Sir Eldred Frederick (1887–1959), businessman, was born on 9 December 1887 in Islington, London, the eldest, with his twin sister, Effie, of the seven children of Eldred Hitchcock, superintendent of Dr Barnardo's Home, Epsom, and his wife, Louisa Naomi Orchard. He was educated at ...

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Lord, Thomas (1755–1832), founder of Lord's cricket ground and businessman, was born on 23 November 1755 at Thirsk, Yorkshire, the son of William Lord, a labourer from a Roman Catholic family. Lord's ancestors had suffered for their allegiance to the Jacobite cause and had had their lands sequestered, forcing his father to work as a labourer. The family moved to ...

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Matthews, Victor Collin, Baron Matthews (1919–1995), businessman, was born on 5 December 1919 at 14 Cloudesley Square, Islington, London, the son of Abraham Cohen Matthews, a master tailor, and his wife, Jenny, née Edwards. His father disappeared soon after his birth, and he was brought up by his mother. Educated at ...

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Mompesson, Sir Giles (1583/4–1651x63), projector, was the eldest son of Thomas Mompesson (d. 1587) of Bathampton, Wiltshire, and his second wife, Honor, daughter of Giles Estcourt of Salisbury. He had two younger brothers, Thomas and John, the latter rector of Codford St Mary, Wiltshire...

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Neale, Thomas (1641–1699), projector and politician, was the only son of Thomas Neale of Warnford, Hampshire, and Lucy Uvedale. The senior Thomas Neale (d. in or before 1643) was in turn the eldest son of Sir Thomas Neale (d. 1621)...

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Philipps, Sir Ivor (1861–1940), army officer and businessman, was born on 9 September 1861 at the vicarage in Warminster, the second of six sons of James Erasmus Philipps, twelfth baronet (1824–1912), vicar of Warminster, and his wife, Mary Margaret (d. 1913), eldest daughter of ...

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Rudd, Charles Dunell (1844–1916), businessman and associate of Cecil Rhodes, was born, he claimed, at Hanworth Hall, Hanworth, Norfolk, on 22 October 1844, the third son and fourth child of Henry Rudd (b. 1808) of Sutton Hall, Surrey, a South Africa merchant, and his first wife, ...

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Russell, John Robert [Ian], thirteenth duke of Bedford (1917–2002), landowner and businessman, was born on 24 May 1917 at the home of his great-aunt, Lady Ela Russell, 51 Prince's Gate, Knightsbridge, London, the eldest child of Hastings William Sackville Russell, then marquess of Tavistock, later twelfth duke of Bedford...

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Schreiber [née Bertie; other married name Guest], Lady Charlotte Elizabeth (1812–1895), translator, businesswoman, and collector, eldest child of Albemarle Bertie, ninth earl of Lindsey (1744–1818), former army general and tory MP for Stamford, and his second wife, Charlotte Susanna Elizabeth, née Layard (1780–1858)...

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Thynne, Henry Frederick, sixth marquess of Bath (1905–1992), landowner and businessman, was born in the great Elizabethan house of Longleat, Wiltshire, on 26 January 1905, the second son and youngest of five children of Thomas Henry Thynne, fifth marquess of Bath (1862–1946), and his wife, ...

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Tuke, Sir Anthony Favill (1920–2001), banker and businessman, was born on 22 August 1920 at Norcott Court, Northchurch, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, the eldest of the three sons of Anthony William Tuke (1897–1975), banker, and his wife, (Agnes) Edna, née Gannaway (d. 1966). Tuke's...

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Vane, Frances Anne, marchioness of Londonderry (1800–1865), society hostess and businesswoman, was born on 17 January 1800 in St James's Square, London, the only child of Sir Henry (Harry) Vane-Tempest, baronet (1771–1813), and his wife, Anne Catherine MacDonnell, in her own right countess of Antrim...

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White, Sir George, first baronet (1854–1916), businessman and stockbroker, was born on 28 March 1854 at Kingsdown, Bristol, the second son of Henry White, a painter and decorator, and his wife, Eliza, née Tippetts, a domestic servant before her marriage. After attending St Michael's Boys' School...