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Matthew Boulton (1728–1809) by Carl Fredrik von Breda, 1792 [replica] Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

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Boulton, Matthew (1728–1809), manufacturer and entrepreneur, was born on 14 September 1728 at New Hall Walk, Snow Hill, Birmingham, one of four children, three of whom survived to adulthood, of Matthew Boulton (d. 1759), toy manufacturer and merchant, and his wife, Christiana Piers (...

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Champion family (per. c. 1670–1794), metal manufacturers and merchants, came to prominence with Nehemiah [ii] Champion (1649–1722), son of Nehemiah [i] Champion (b. 1614). As a merchant dealing countrywide in iron goods, and a Quaker from about 1670, Nehemiah [ii]...

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Coster family (per. c. 1685–1764), copper smelters, came to prominence with John [ii] Coster (1647–1718). Born probably in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, he was the second of three sons of John [i] Coster (1615–1678), iron-forge manager or smelter in the forest. ...

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Darby, Abraham (1678–1717), iron founder, copper smelter, and brass manufacturer, was born on 14 April 1678 at Old Farm Lodge, Wrens Nest, near Dudley, Worcestershire, the older child and only son of John Darby (d. 1725), farmer and nailer, and his wife, ...

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Deorman (fl. 1119–1141), moneyer and merchant, was a member of the first London family of moneyers for whom biographical details can be assembled, and his importance lies in what they reveal about the prominent but largely unknown class of men responsible for organizing and running the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman ...

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Dockwra [Dockwray], William (bap. 1635, d. 1716), promoter of the penny post and copper and brass manufacturer, was born in the parish of St Olave Jewry, London, the son of John Dockrey or Dockery (d. 50), armourer, and his wife, Margaret (d. ...

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Evans, Brooke (1797–1862), nickel refiner, was born in Bull Street, Birmingham, the son of a woollen draper and tailor. He went to school in Singer's Hill, Birmingham, and Aldridge, Staffordshire. On leaving school at the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to a gun maker, and made his first acquaintance with metallurgy....

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Gawthern [née Frost], Abigail Anna (1757–1822), diarist and lead manufacturer, was born on 10 July 1757, probably in Nottingham, the second surviving child of Thomas Frost (1719–1798), a grocer and tallow chandler of Nottingham, and his first wife, Ann (1721–1761), daughter of the ...

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Harford, James (1734–1817), iron and tin plate manufacturer and merchant, was the son of Truman Harford (1704–1750), merchant and manufacturer, and Mary Taylor of Baldock, Hertfordshire, and grandson of Charles Harford (1662–1725), a merchant, of Bristol [see Harford family]. He developed a powerful network of tin plate- and iron-making interests and was the foremost among many ...