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Bancroft, Francis (1667–1728), financial agent and benefactor, was born in Spitalfields, London, on 26 October 1667, the second son of John Bancroft (bap. 1614, d. 1705), a City financier who became serjeant-carver to the lord mayor, and his second wife, Rebecka Cole (...

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Antonin Besse (1877–1951) by unknown photographer courtesy of St Antony's College, Oxford

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Besse, Antonin (1877–1951), entrepreneur and benefactor, was born on 26 June 1877 at Carcassonne in southern France, the third son and fourth child in the family of four boys and three girls of Pierre Besse, leather merchant, and his wife, Marie Bonnafous. In failing health ...

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Boot [née Rowe], Florence Annie, Lady Trent (1863–1952), businesswoman and benefactor, was born at 5 Grove Place, St Helier, Jersey, on 29 July 1863, the second daughter of William Henry Rowe and his wife, Margaret Agnes, née Campbell, who conducted a flourishing business as booksellers and stationers in ...

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Forbes, Sir William, of Pitsligo, sixth baronet (1739–1806), banker and benefactor, was born on 5 April 1739 at Edinburgh, the eldest surviving son of Sir William Forbes, fifth baronet (1706/7–1743), advocate, and Christian Forbes (1705–1789), daughter of John Forbes and Susan, née Morison...

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Morrison, Walter (1836–1921), businessman, politician, and benefactor, was born in London on 21 May 1836, the fifth son of James Morrison (1789–1857), of the firm of Morrison, Dillon, & Co., and his wife, Mary (d. 1887), daughter of John Todd, of the same firm. ...

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Power, Sir John Cecil, first baronet (1870–1950), company director and public benefactor, was born at Eldon, co. Down, on 21 December 1870, the younger son of William Taylor Power and his wife, Cecilia, daughter of Colonel John Burgoyne. At ten Power went to ...

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Richardson, Thomas (1771–1853), financier and benefactor of Quaker institutions, son of Robert Richardson, formerly of Hull, and his wife, Caroline Garth, née Richardson, was born at Darlington on 15 September 1771. He was second cousin of George Richardson and was related by marriage on his mother's side to ...

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Robinson, Sir David (1904–1987), entrepreneur and benefactor, was born on 13 April 1904 in Cambridge, the third of the six sons and nine children of Herbert Robinson, cycle shop and later garage owner, and his wife, Rosie Emily Tricker. He was educated at the ...

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Serena, Arthur (1852/3–1922), financier and benefactor, was born in Antwerp, Belgium; he was twenty-eight at the time of the 1881 census. He was the son of the exiled Venetian patriot Chevalier Leone Serena (d. 1885), a wealthy shipping and insurance broker who at one time worked closely with ...

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Stewart, Sir Halley (1838–1937), businessman, benefactor, and politician, was born at Barnet in Hertfordshire on 18 January 1838, the tenth child and fifth son of Alexander Stewart, Congregational minister, of Barnet, and his wife, Ann Kezia, née White. Like his brothers before him, he went to his father's school at ...

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Watson, George (1654–1723), accountant and benefactor, was born in Edinburgh on 23 November 1654, the elder son of John Watson, merchant, and his wife, Marion Ewing (d. 1697), who were married on 26 September 1644. Following his father's early death and his mother's remarriage to a ...