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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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Chamberlain, Joseph [Joe] (1836–1914), industrialist and politician, was born on 8 July 1836 at 3 Grove Hill Terrace, Camberwell, Surrey, the first of the nine children of Joseph Chamberlain (1796–1874), cordwainer and metal manufacturer, and his wife, Caroline (1808–1875), daughter of Henry Harben...

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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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Hope, Sir James, of Hopetoun, appointed Lord Hopetoun under the protectorate (1614–1661), industrialist and political radical, was born on 4 July 1614, the youngest of six sons (of whom four survived to adulthood) of Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall, lord advocate (1573–1646), and ...

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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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Plowden, Edwin Noel Auguste, Baron Plowden (1907–2001), industrialist and public servant, was born on 6 January 1907 at the Mansion House, Strachur, Argyll, the second of three sons and second of four children of Roger Herbert Plowden (1853–1921), banker and landed proprietor, and his second wife, ...

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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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Smith, Sir Cyril (1928–2010), politician and manufacturer, was born at Birch Hill House, Wardle, Rochdale, Lancashire, on 28 June 1928, the second of three children of Eva Smith (1904–1994), who was unmarried. At the time of his birth registration she lived at 6 Falinge Road, Rochdale...

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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...

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Ward, John, second Viscount Dudley and Ward (1725–1788), industrialist and politician, was born on 22 February 1725 at Sedgley Park, Wolverhampton, the eldest son of John, sixth Baron Ward of Birmingham (1700–1774), who was created Viscount Dudley and Ward in 1763, and his first wife, ...

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Weir, William Douglas, first Viscount Weir (1877–1959), industrialist and public servant, was born on 12 May 1877, in a top flat at Albert Crescent, Crosshill, Glasgow, the eldest of three children of James Weir (1842/3–1920), and his wife, Mary, formerly Richmond (1848–1931), daughter of ...

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Wolfe, William Cuthbertson [Billy] (1924–2010), chartered accountant, manufacturer, and politician, was born on 22 February 1924 at The Elms, Bathgate, West Lothian, the second son of Major Thomas (Tom) Wolfe (1887–1957), shovel manufacturer, and his wife, Catherine Jane (Katie), née Cuthbertson (1893–1981). He was educated at ...