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Albone, Daniel [Dan] (1860–1906), cycle and motor tractor manufacturer, was born at the Ongley Arms inn, Shortmead Street, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, on 12 September 1860, the fourth son and youngest of eight children of Edward Albone (d. 1864), publican and market gardener, and his wife, ...

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Armstrong, William George, Baron Armstrong (1810–1900), armaments manufacturer and industrialist, was born on 26 November 1810 at 9 Pleasant Row, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, the second child and only son of William Armstrong (1778–1857), corn merchant and local politician, of Tyneside...

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Baldwin, Alfred (1841–1908), industrialist and politician, was born at Stourport, Worcestershire, on 4 June 1841, the youngest of twelve children of George Pearce Baldwin (1789–1840), a small-scale iron founder and businessman, and his second wife, Sarah Chalkley Stanley (1801–1874), the eldest daughter of the ...

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Balfour, Arthur, first Baron Riverdale (1873–1957), steel maker and industrialist, was, by his own account, born in London on 9 January 1873. For some years his parentage was a mystery. He went to Sheffield in 1882 as an ‘orphan’ with Mary Fraser (1847–1906)...

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Boulton, Matthew (1728–1809), manufacturer and entrepreneur, was born on 14 September 1728 at New Hall Walk, Snow Hill, Birmingham, one of four children, three of whom survived to adulthood, of Matthew Boulton (d. 1759), toy manufacturer and merchant, and his wife, Christiana Piers (...

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Cadman, John, first Baron Cadman (1877–1941), mining engineer and industrialist, was born on 7 September 1877 at The Villas, in the north Staffordshire mining village of Silverdale, the eldest son of James Cope Cadman (1851–1914) and his wife, Betty, née Keeling (d...

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Cavendish, William, seventh duke of Devonshire (1808–1891), landowner and industrialist, was born on 27 April 1808, in Charles Street, Berkeley Square, London, the eldest of the four children of William Cavendish (1783–1812) and his wife, the Hon. Louisa O'Callaghan (d. 1863), eldest daughter of ...

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Courtauld, Samuel (1876–1947), industrialist and patron of the arts, was born at Bocking, Essex, on 7 May 1876, the second son of Sydney Courtauld, a silk manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah Lucy, the daughter of William Sharp. The Courtaulds had arrived in England...

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Cross, John Kynaston (1832–1887), industrialist and politician, was born on 13 October 1832 in Bolton, the eldest son of John Cross, cotton manufacturer, and his wife, Hannah, daughter of Richard Kynaston, another Bolton mill owner. He was educated privately, and on 3 June 1858 married ...

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Dillwyn, Lewis Llewelyn (1814–1892), industrialist and politician, was born on 19 May 1814 at The Willows, Swansea, the fourth of the six children of Lewis Weston Dillwyn (1778–1855), botanist and MP, and his wife, Mary Adams (1776–1865), natural daughter of John Llewelyn of ...

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Docker, (Frank) Dudley (1862–1944), industrialist and financier, was born at Paxton House, South Street, Smethwick, on 26 August 1862, youngest son of Ralph Docker (1809–1887), a solicitor who was for many years coroner for East Worcestershire and clerk of Smethwick's board of health...

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Edwards, Sir George Robert (1908–2003), aircraft designer and industrialist, was born on 9 July 1908 at 12 The Parade, Highams Park, Walthamstow, Essex, the son of Edwin George Edwards (1872–1938), a tobacconist and confectioner, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth (1872–1908), daughter of Robert Freeman...

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Lowther, Sir John, second baronet (bap. 1642, d. 1706), politician and industrialist, was born in Whitehaven in the parish of St Bees and baptized on 20 November 1642, the son (there was also a daughter) of Sir Christopher Lowther, first baronet (1611–1644), and his wife, ...

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Mappin, Sir Frederick Thorpe, first baronet (1821–1910), industrialist and politician, was born on 16 May 1821 in Sheffield, the eldest of the four sons of Joseph Mappin (1793–1841), cutlery manufacturer, and his wife, Mary, the daughter of Thomas Thorpe of Haynes, Bedfordshire, a land surveyor. He was educated at ...

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Marshall, Sir Arthur Gregory George (1903–2007), aviator, pilot instructor, and industrialist, was born at Gregory Villa, De Freville Avenue, Chesterton, Cambridge, on 4 December 1903, the eldest of the eight children of David Gregory Marshall (1873–1942), college servant, later steward of the Pitt Club, Cambridge...

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Rendel, Stuart, Baron Rendel (1834–1913), industrialist, politician, and philanthropist, was born in Plymouth on 2 July 1834, the fourth son in the family of four sons and three daughters of James Meadows Rendel (1799–1856), civil engineer, and his wife, Catherine Jane, daughter of ...

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Rootes, (William) Geoffrey, second Baron Rootes (1917–1992), industrialist, was born in Loose, Kent, on 14 June 1917, the elder son of William Edward Rootes, later first Baron Rootes (1894–1964), motor vehicle manufacturer, and his wife, Nora (d. 1964), daughter of Horace Press...

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Stuart, John Crichton-, second marquess of Bute (1793–1848), landowner and industrialist, was born on 10 August 1793 at Dumfries House, Ayrshire, the eldest son (there were no daughters) of John Stuart, Viscount Mountstuart (1767–1794), of Mountstuart House, Isle of Bute, and his wife, ...

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Sykes, Sir Alan John (1868–1950), industrialist and politician, was born on 11 April 1868 at Cringle House, Cheadle, Cheshire, the second son of Thomas Hardcastle Sykes (1833–1901), a bleacher, and his wife, Mary, the eldest daughter of John Platt, a machine manufacturer of ...

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Thomas, David Alfred, first Viscount Rhondda (1856–1918), politician and industrialist, was born at Ysguborwen, Aberdâr, on 26 March 1856, the fifteenth of the seventeen children—of whom five survived—born to Samuel Thomas (1800–1879), a Merthyr shopkeeper turned coal entrepreneur, and his second wife, Rachel...