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French, Robert (1716–1779), landowner and politician, was the eldest son of Patrick French (d. 1744), barrister, and Jane Digby, the daughter of Simon Digby, successively bishop of Limerick and Elphin. The Frenches, of Anglo-Norman origins, had settled originally in the port of ...

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Hanbury, Sir Thomas (1832–1907), merchant and gardener, was born at Bedford Road, Clapham, Surrey, on 21 June 1832, the third of five surviving sons and one daughter of Daniel Bell Hanbury (1794–1882), pharmaceutical chemist, and his wife, Rachel, née Christy (1802/3–1876). Daniel Hanbury (1825–1875)...

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Hardoon, Silas Aaron (1851–1931), merchant and property owner, was born in Baghdad, one of the six children of Aaron Hardoon. He moved with his family to Bombay about 1856. His family was poor and he received only an elementary education, possibly supported by the local ...

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See Hart, Aaron [Uri Feibusch, Uri ben Rav Hirz Hamburger]

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Heritage, John (c. 1470–c. 1536), sheep farmer and dealer in wool, was known to his contemporaries as a woolman or woolmonger. He was born about 1470, probably at Burton Dassett in Warwickshire, the son of Roger Heritage (d. 1495), a farmer of some substance, and his wife, ...

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Hodgkinson, William (1661/2–1731), merchant and landowner, was probably born at Overton in the parish of Ashover, Derbyshire, where he was baptized on 2 April 1662; he was the second son of George Hodgkinson (d. 1692) of Overton and his wife, Anne. George Hodgkinson's...

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Lawson, Charles (1795–1873), seed merchant and agriculturist, was born in Edinburgh on 9 August 1795, the second son of Peter Lawson (d. 1821), seed merchant, who in 1770 founded a successful nursery in Edinburgh, and his first wife, Patricia Grant. He was educated at ...

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Lowther, Sir Christopher, first baronet (1611–1644), merchant and landowner, born in early 1611 at Skirwith Hall, Kirkland parish, Skirwith, Cumberland, and baptized on 4 May 1611, was the second son of Sir John Lowther (1582–1637), lawyer and landowner, of Lowther Hall, Westmorland, and ...

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Lowther, Sir William (bap. 1612, d. 1688), merchant and landowner, of Swillington, Yorkshire, baptized at Holy Trinity Church, Kendal, Westmorland, on 28 September 1612, was the third son of Sir John Lowther (1582–1637), of Lowther Hall, Westmorland, and Ellinor Fleming (c.1583–1659)...

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John Macarthur (1766–1834) by unknown engraver from the collection of the National Archives of Australia: A1200, L10417

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Macarthur, John (1766–1834), merchant and wool-grower, was probably born on 18 August 1766 and was baptized on 3 September 1767 at Stoke Damerel, near Plymouth, Devon, one of three known children of the expatriate Scot Alexander Macarthur (1720?–1790), mercer and draper, and his wife, ...

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See McGillivray, Alexander

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Pinney, John Pretor (1740–1818), merchant and planter, was born at Chard, Somerset, on 18 September 1740, the second of the two children of Michael Pretor (d. 1744), a gentleman, of Okehampton, Devon, and his wife, Alicia Clarke (d. 1759). At the age of fifteen he passed into the guardianship of his cousins ...

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Ryder, Samuel (1858–1936), seed merchant and golf sponsor, was born on 24 March 1858 at Walton-le-Dale near Preston in Lancashire, the first son of Samuel Ryder (1823/4–1904), a gardener, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Martin (1822/3–1904), a dressmaker. He had three elder and two younger sisters and two younger brothers. He attended ...

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Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) by unknown photographer, 1930 © PA Photos

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John Sutton (bap. 1777, d. 1863) by unknown photographer Suttons Consumer Products, Paignton, Devon

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Sutton, John (bap. 1777, d. 1863), corn dealer and seedsman, was baptized at St Mary Somerset, London, on 1 June 1777, the fourth son in a family of six sons and four daughters of James Sutton (1744–1789), partner in Sutton and Winckworth, flour factors, and his wife, ...

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Sutton, Martin Hope (1815–1901), seed merchant, was born on 14 March 1815 at Reading, the second of three sons (there were also three daughters, as well as a further son and daughter who died young) of John Sutton (bap. 1777, d. 1863), corn factor, and his wife, ...

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See Tagore family