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Booth, Charles (1840–1916), shipowner and social investigator, was born on 30 March 1840 at 27 Bedford North Street, Liverpool. He was the third son of Charles Booth (1799–1860), a prosperous corn merchant, and his first wife, Emily Fletcher (1803–1853). Both his parents were Unitarians, and had wide connections among the commercial, dissenting, and philanthropic ‘aristocracy’ of ...

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Croft, Henry [called the Original Pearly King] (1861–1930), road sweeper and founder of the pearly tradition, was born on 24 May 1861 at St Pancras workhouse, 4 King's Road (later St Pancras Way), Somers Town, London, the son of Henry Croft (1828/9–1871?)...

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Dollar, Robert McVey (1844–1932), shipowner and philanthropist, was born at Falkirk, Stirlingshire, on 20 March 1844 (and baptized there on 5 April), the eldest son of William Dollar (d. 1873) and his wife, Mary Wilson, née Melville (1814/15–1853). His father managed the timber yard of his father-in-law, ...

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Morris, William Richard, Viscount Nuffield (1877–1963), motor manufacturer and benefactor, was born on 10 October 1877 in the parish of St John, Worcester, the eldest son of Frederick Morris (1849–1916) from Witney and his wife, Emily Ann (d. 1934), daughter of Richard Pether...

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Pearson, Zachariah Charles (1821–1891), shipowner and philanthropist, was born in Sutton Row, Hull, on 28 August 1821, the eighth of the ten children of Zachariah Pearson, merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth. After the death of his mother in childbirth in 1825 he was taken into his uncle's household, but at the age of twelve he ran away to sea. The stowaway was quickly found and returned to complete his education at ...

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Plimsoll, Samuel (1824–1898), politician and shipping reformer, was born on 10 February 1824 at 3 Colston's Parade, Bristol, the eighth of thirteen children born to Thomas Plimsoll (1785–1844), clerk in the Excise Office, and his wife, Priscilla (1789–1863), formerly Willing. Soon after his birth ...