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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Wills, Sir George Alfred, first baronet (1854–1928), tobacco manufacturer and benefactor, was born at Rusholme Villas, Victoria Road, Kingsdown, Bristol, on 3 June 1854, the eldest son of Henry Overton Wills (1828–1911), tobacco manufacturer, of Kelston Knoll, near Bath, and his wife, Alice Hopkinson...