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revised by Alexander Du Toit

Burnett, John (1729–1784), philanthropist, was born in Aberdeen, the son of a city merchant; after education in Aberdeen, Burnett himself began a career in trade in 1750, shortly after the failure of his father's business due to a fall in prices—a result of ...


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Fellowes, Robert (1770–1847), philanthropist, born on 15 May 1770 at Gay Bowers, Danbury, Essex, was the son of William Fellowes (1740–1778) and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1772), the daughter of Samuel Harris of London, and the grandson of William Fellowes of Shottesham Hall, Norfolk...


Saull [Saul], William Devonshire (1783–1855), radical philanthropist and geological collector, was born on 21 April 1783 at Byfield, Northamptonshire, the son of William Saul and Elizabeth Devonshire. Nothing is known of Saull's early years, except that he married nineteen-year-old Elizabeth Weedon (1789–1860) at ...