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Brown, Sir William, first baronet (1784–1864), merchant and politician, was born on 30 May 1784 at Ballymena, co. Antrim, the eldest son of seven children of Alexander Brown (1764–1834), merchant, and Grace, daughter of John Davison of Drumnasole.

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Clitherow, Sir Christopher (1577/8–1641), merchant and politician, was the only son of Henry Clitherow (d. 1608), a merchant, of the parish of St Andrew Undershaft, London, and his first wife, Bridget, the daughter of Thomas Hewett. He was presumably descended from Richard...

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Cunningham, Waddell (1729–1797), merchant and politician, was born in Ballymacilmoyle, in the parish of Killead, co. Antrim, Ireland, the youngest son of John Cunningham, sometime ship's captain and a small farmer, and his wife, Jane Ross Waddell, of Islandderry, in the parish of ...

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Ellice, Edward (1783–1863), merchant and politician, was born on 12 September 1783 in London, the third son of Alexander Ellice (d. 1805), merchant, and his wife, who was probably Ann Russell. The Ellices were originally an Aberdeenshire family; Edward Ellice's grandfather apparently took up business in ...

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Garrard, Sir Samuel, fourth baronet (1651–1725), politician and merchant, was the sixth child and fourth son of Sir John Garrard, second baronet (d. 1686), of Lamer, landowner, and his wife, Jane (1617–1692), daughter of Sir Moulton Lambard of Westcombe, Kent, and his wife, ...

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Gladstone [Gladstones], Sir John, first baronet (1764–1851), merchant and politician, was born John Gladstones on 11 December 1764 in Leith, the eldest son of the sixteen children (four dying in infancy) of Thomas Gladstones (1732–1809), a merchant in Leith, and his wife, Nelly (1739–1806)...

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Heathcote, Sir Gilbert, first baronet (1652–1733), merchant and politician, was born on 2 January 1652, the eldest son of Gilbert Heathcote, ironmonger of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and Anne, daughter of George Dickons of Chesterfield. Several generations of his family were interested in Derbyshire lead mining. ...

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Hodges, Sir William, first baronet (c. 1645–1714), merchant and politician, was born about 1645, the son of John Hodges of Cotherstock, or Cotterstock, in Northamptonshire. Little is known of his family background beyond the information supplied when he received a grant of arms in 1698, and it seems likely that his origins were humble. He married in 1681 (by licence granted on 25 April) ...

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Matheson, Sir (Nicholas) James Sutherland, first baronet (1796–1878), merchant and politician, was born on 17 November 1796 at Shinness, near Lairg, Sutherland, the second son in the family of three sons and five daughters of Captain Donald Matheson of Shinness, and his wife, ...

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Myddelton [Middleton], Sir Thomas (1549x56–1631), merchant and politician, was the fourth son and one of the sixteen children of Richard Myddelton (d. c.1578), MP and governor of Denbigh, who in that capacity served the earl of Leicester as a lieutenant in ...

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Pilkington, Sir Thomas (1628–1691), merchant and politician, was born on 30 March 1628, the eldest son and heir of Thomas Pilkington (d. 1637), landowner of Northampton, and his second wife, Anne, the daughter of Edward Mercer, also of Northampton. Pilkington's father successfully established the family's gentry status but after his death ...

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Pitt, Thomas (1653–1726), merchant and politician, was born at Blandford, Dorset, on 5 July 1653, the second son of John Pitt (d. 1672), the local rector, and his wife, Sarah, the daughter of John Jay of West Hemsworth, Witchampton, Dorset. His early trading career remains obscure, but in 1673 he sailed to ...

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Scawen, Sir William (1646/7–1722), merchant and politician, was born in St Germans, Cornwall, the fifth son of Robert Scawen (1602–1670) of Horton, Buckinghamshire, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of Cavendish Alsop, a London merchant. His younger brother Thomas 1654–1730 [see below]...