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Ball, Alan James (1945–2007), footballer and football manager, was born on 12 May 1945 at 2 Brookhouse Avenue, Farnworth, Lancashire, the son of (James) Alan Ball, builder's joiner, later publican, and his wife, Violet, née Duckworth. His father was an occasional professional footballer with ...

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Bell, (Alexander) Scott (1941–2007), insurance and financial services executive, was born on 4 December 1941 at Dunrowan, Falkirk, the son of William Scott Bell, physician, and his wife, (Catherine) Irene Alexandra, née Traill. He was educated at Daniel Stewart's College in Edinburgh. After leaving school at the age of seventeen he went to work as a trainee actuary for the ...

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Thornton, Richard (1776–1865), merchant, underwriter, and financier, was born on 20 September 1776 in Burton in Lonsdale, Yorkshire, the third son in the family of four sons and five daughters of Robert Thornton, an impecunious yeoman farmer, and his wife, Ellen. He entered ...