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John Derby Allcroft (1822–1893) by Sir Francis Grant, 1873 photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Allcroft, John Derby (1822–1893), glove manufacturer and entrepreneur, was born in Worcester on 19 July 1822, only son and elder child of Jeremiah Macklin Allcroft (1791–1867), who was a partner in the glove manufacturing firm of J. and W. Dent & Co. His mother, ...

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Anderson, Janet (1697–1761), milliner and maker of graveclothes, was born on 1 January 1697 and baptized in Edinburgh two days later. She was the daughter of James Anderson (1662–1728), clerk to the signet and author of Diplomata Scotiae, and Jean Ellis or Ellies (...

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Arthur, James (1819–1885), clothing retailer and manufacturer, was born on 6 March 1819 in Arthurlie, near Paisley, Renfrewshire, one of the two sons of Matthew Arthur (b. 1795), a bleachworks proprietor near Neilston, Renfrewshire, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Fraser. In 1837, after serving a brief apprenticeship in a draper's shop in ...

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Asser, Ernest (1863–1931), shirtmaker, was born at 4 Roseberry Villas, Tufnell Park, London, on 3 August 1863, the son of James Asser, cutler, and his wife, Frances, née Thirtle. In 1885 he was a salesman in a shop supplying hosiery and gloves which opened that year in the name of ...

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Barbour, John (1849–1918), clothing manufacturer, was born on 9 March 1849 at Bogue Farm, Dalry, Kirkcudbrightshire, formerly part of the Lochinvar estate, one of twin sons of James Barbour (d. in or after 1871), a prosperous farmer, and his wife, Agnes, née...

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Barran family (per. c. 1842–1952), clothing manufacturers, came to prominence with Sir John Barran first baronet (1821–1905), who was born on 3 August 1821 at New Wandsworth, Surrey, the son of John Barran, a London gunmaker and his wife, Elizabeth Fletcher...

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Biggs, John (1801–1871), hosier and political reformer, was born at Leicester, first of the seven children of John Biggs (1774–1827), hosier, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Heggs (1780–1862), of Arnesby, Leicestershire. By the time his father died in 1827 the firm of John Biggs & Sons...

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Henry James Boland (1887–1922) by unknown photographer, 1919 Getty Images

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Boland, Henry James [Harry] (1887–1922), tailor's cutter and Irish revolutionary, was born on 27 April 1887 at 6 Dalymount Terrace, Phibsborough Road, north Dublin, the third of five children of James Henry Boland (1856–1895), paving overseer for the Dublin corporation, and Catherine (...

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Cash, John (1822–1880), ribbon manufacturer, was born on 16 February 1822 at Sherbourne House, Coventry, the eldest son of Joseph Cash, a Quaker stuff merchant and leading businessman. John's younger brother Joseph Cash (1826–1880), ribbon manufacturer, was born on 28 October 1826 at the same address. After serving seven-year apprenticeships with stuff merchants and so becoming entitled to become freemen of the city, the brothers operated a silk ribbon-making business from a warehouse in ...

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Felkin, William (1795–1874), manufacturer and historian of the lace and hosiery industries, was born on 24 April 1795 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, the son of William Felkin (1772–1824), a framework knitter who became a Baptist minister, and his wife, Sarah, née Harrison. The family moved to ...

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Fish, Walter (d. 1585), tailor, is of unknown parentage and the early details of his life are unclear. Most likely born about 1520, he became free of the Merchant Taylors' Company of London probably shortly before 1545, when he would have been at least twenty-four; he was taking apprentices by 1547–8. He married, almost certainly in 1547, ...

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Fitzwilliam, Sir William (1460?–1534), merchant tailor and sheriff of London, may have been a younger son of John and Ellen Fitzwilliam of Milton and Greens Norton in Northamptonshire. He began his career in London and was a servant to Sir John, husband of ...