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Daniel Albone (1860–1906) by unknown photographer, c.1902 © Biggleswade History Society

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Albone, Daniel [Dan] (1860–1906), cycle and motor tractor manufacturer, was born at the Ongley Arms inn, Shortmead Street, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, on 12 September 1860, the fourth son and youngest of eight children of Edward Albone (d. 1864), publican and market gardener, and his wife, ...

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Henry George Ferguson (1884–1960) by A. J. Tanner, 1948 © Science & Society Picture Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ferguson, Henry George [Harry] (1884–1960), designer of agricultural machinery, was born on 4 November 1884 at Growell, near Hillsborough in northern Ireland, the third son and fourth of eleven children, three girls and eight boys, of James Ferguson, a hill farmer, and his wife, ...

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Gabriel, (John) Beresford Stuart (1888–1979), machine tool manufacturer, was born on 1 August 1888 at Twickenham, Middlesex, the elder son of the three children of John William Wright Gabriel and his wife, Eleanor, née Broad. That year J. W. W. Gabriel sold his interest in the family drug manufacturing company of ...

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Ged, William (1684/5–1749), goldsmith and stereotype founder, was probably born in Dunfermline, son of William Ged, said to have been a member of the family of Ged of Baldridge in Fife. He was apprenticed to Robert Inglis, goldsmith, in Edinburgh in 1696, and his own mark was entered with the ...

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Harding, (Thomas) Walter (1843–1927), pin manufacturer and civic art patron, was born in Lille, France, on 22 January 1843, the only son and second of four children of Thomas Richards Harding (1812–1895), manufacturer, of Leeds, Yorkshire, and Doddington, Cambridgeshire, and his wife, Sarah Ann Cocker (1814–1888)...

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Herbert, Sir Alfred Edward (1866–1957), machine tool manufacturer, was born on 5 September 1866 in West Street, Leicester, the second son of William Herbert, building contractor and farmer, and his wife, Sarah Anne, née Thompson. Following an elementary education at Stoneygate House School...

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Howard, James (1821–1889), agriculturist and manufacturer of agricultural implements, was born on 16 October 1821, the eldest son of John Howard, maker of agricultural implements, of Bedford. He was educated at Bedford School, and as a boy he also gained much practical knowledge of agriculture from visiting his grandfather at ...

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Lang, Sir William Biggart (1868–1942), machine tool manufacturer, was born on 19 September 1868 at 59 High Street, Johnstone, Renfrewshire, the youngest of five sons in the large family of John Lang (c.1825–1906), machine tool maker, and Annie Biggart. His father had founded his own firm in 1874 in ...

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Stubs, Peter (1756–1806), toolmaker and innkeeper, was born on 15 June 1756 at the White Bear inn, Bridge Street, Warrington, Lancashire, the only child of John Stubs (1736–1757), a currier, of Warrington, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Peter Johnson, yeoman, of Orford...

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Tangye, Sir Richard (1833–1906), machine tool manufacturer and engineer, born at Broad Lane, Illogan, Cornwall, on 24 November 1833, was the fifth son in a family of six sons and three daughters of Joseph Tangye, a Quaker Cornish miner of Redruth (who afterwards became a small shopkeeper and farmer there), and his wife, ...

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Whitworth, Sir Joseph, baronet (1803–1887), mechanical engineer and machine tool manufacturer, was born at Stockport on 21 December 1803, the son of Charles Whitworth (1782–1870) and Sarah (1780–1814), daughter of Joseph Hulse. His father was a loom framemaker in the textile industry who, when his wife died in 1814, put his three young children in the care of foster parents and took advantage of an offer to train for the Congregationalist ministry. ...