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Crane, John (1570/71–1652), apothecary and benefactor, was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. The details of his parents are unknown except that his father was born in Ipswich, Suffolk. It is possible that he was the Joan Crane baptized on 24 January 1572, the child of ...

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Dant, Joan (1631–1715), pedlar and benefactor, was the wife of a weaver in New Paternoster Row, Spitalfields, London, but little else is known about her early life. She had a half-brother called John Allen.

Left facing destitution on her husband's early death, Joan...

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Gillespie, James, of Spylaw (1726–1797), tobacconist and benefactor, was born in 1726, probably at Roslin, near Edinburgh. He had one sister and a younger brother. His family were members of the Cameronians, or reformed Presbyterians, a strict nonconformist sect. Gillespie began his career as a tobacconist and, in partnership with his brother, ...

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Warren Stormes Hale (1791–1872) by John Robert Dicksee, 1853 Guildhall Art Gallery, Corporation of London

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Hale, Warren Stormes (1791–1872), tallow chandler and benefactor, was born on 2 February 1791 at Benington, Hertfordshire, the youngest of eight children of Edward Hale (1754–1791), farmer, and his wife, Edith, née Warren (1750–1808). Before he was a year old his father died, and in 1805 ...

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Heylyn, Rowland (1562–1632), ironmonger and church benefactor, was born in Shrewsbury, the son of David Heylyn, who was of Welsh ancestry, and his wife, Alice. After attending the free school there from 1571 he went to London, where in 1576 he became an apprentice ironmonger. He was admitted to the company in 1584 and subsequently served twice as its master, in 1614 and 1625. Elected an alderman from ...

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George Stronach

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Neilson, John (1778–1839), grocer and benefactor, was born on 14 December 1778 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, the second son in a family of five children of John Neilson, merchant and grocer of Paisley Cross, and his wife, Elizabeth née Sclater of Paisley. He was probably educated at ...

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Symonds, Peter (c. 1528–1586/7), mercer and benefactor, was born into an important Winchester family that dated back to before 1466. He was the eldest son of John Symonds (d. 1542), who as a city bailiff in 1439–40 held one of its major offices, and his wife, ...