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Campbell, Lord Neil, of Ardmaddie (c. 1630–1692), colonial speculator, was the second of six children of Archibald Campbell, marquess of Argyll (1605x7–1661), and his wife, Lady Margaret (1610–1678), second daughter of William Douglas, seventh earl of Morton; his parents lived mainly at Inveraray, Argyll...

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Dick, Sir William, of Braid (d. 1655), merchant and financier, was the only son of John Dick, proprietor in Orkney and an Edinburgh town councillor in 1592–3. Nothing is known of his early life. On 15 June 1603 he married Elizabeth, sister of the wealthy ...

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Dunn, Sir James Hamet, first baronet (1874–1956), financier, was born on 29 October 1874, in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada, only child of Robert Dunn (1846–1875), boatbuilder, and his wife, Elizabeth Abrahams (d. 1918), daughter of John Joudrey. He was educated at St Luke's School, Bathurst...

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Robert Fleming (1845–1933) by Francis Dodd, 1915 © reserved; collection Robert Fleming Holdings; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fleming, Robert (1845–1933), financier, was born on 17 March 1845 at Liff Road, Lochee, then a village about 3 miles to the north-west of Dundee. He was the fourth of seven children of John Fleming (1806–1873), an overseer in linen and jute mills in ...

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Fockart, Janet (d. 1596), merchant and moneylender, was probably descended from the Fockarts found as Edinburgh burgesses from the fifteenth century, who may themselves have been descended from the Fockarts of Lesmahagow parish, Lanarkshire. Having outlived three husbands, Janet became a well-known figure in the merchant community of late sixteenth-century ...

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Foulis, Thomas (c. 1560–1628), goldsmith, financier, and mining entrepreneur, was a younger son of Henry Foulis of Colinton (d. 1571), an advocate, and his wife, Margaret Haldane (fl. 1545–1560). He became a goldsmith of Edinburgh in 1581, after an apprenticeship to the wealthy ...

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Furnese, Sir Henry, first baronet (1658–1712), politician and financier, was born at Sandwich, Kent, on 30 May 1658, the eldest son of Henry Furnese (d. 1672) of Sandwich and his wife, Anne (d. 1696), the daughter of Andrew Gosfright of Sandwich...

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Henderson, Alexander, first Baron Faringdon (1850–1934), stockbroker and financier, was born at 25 Upper Winchester Street, Islington, London on 28 September 1850, the second son of the six sons and three daughters of George Henderson, printer, proof corrector, and Greek and Hebrew scholar, of ...

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Larnach, Donald (1817–1896), banker and financier, was born on 17 July 1817 at Caithness, Scotland, one of at least two sons of William Larnach (d. 1829), reputedly a naval purser, and his wife, Margaret, née Smith. Little is known about his early life, but he clearly received a good education. In 1834 he joined his squatter brother, ...

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Mackenzie, Sir William (1849–1923), Canadian railway builder and financier, was born in Eldon township, Victoria County, Upper Canada (now Ontario), on 30 October 1849, the fifth son of John Mackenzie, farmer, and his wife, Mary, daughter of John Maclaughlin, who had come after their marriage from ...

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Menzies, Sir William John (1834–1905), lawyer and financier, was born in Edinburgh on 14 October 1834. His father, Allan Menzies (1804–1856), was a writer to the signet and professor of conveyancing (1847–56) in the university. His mother, Helen Cowan, was the daughter of ...

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Stephen, George, Baron Mount Stephen (1829–1921), financier and philanthropist, was born at Dufftown, Banffshire, on 5 June 1829. He was the oldest of the eight children born to William Stephen, a carpenter, and his wife, Elspet, daughter of John Smith, of Knockando. Stephen...

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Templeton, Sir John Marks (1912–2008), investment adviser and philanthropist, was born on 29 November 1912 in Winchester, Tennessee, USA, one of two sons of Harvey Maxwell Templeton, a lawyer who also dealt in property, and his wife, Vella, née Handly. Inheriting his parents' active presbyterianism, ...