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Ashworth [married name Jewill-Rogers], Mary Howard [May] (1863–1928), businesswoman and official typist to the houses of parliament, was born in the vicarage at Holme Abbey, Cumberland, on 10 February 1863, the eldest of seven children of Arthur Ashworth (1834–1874), vicar of Holme Cultram...

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Bullock, Sir Christopher Llewellyn (1891–1972), public servant and businessman, was born on 10 November 1891 at Whiston, Northamptonshire, the second child and second son in the family of seven children (one of whom died at birth) of the Revd Llewellyn Christopher Watson Bullock (1866–1936)...

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Catherwood, Sir Henry Frederick Ross (Fred) (1925–2014), businessman, politician, and evangelical leader, was born on 30 January 1925 in Creagh, near Bellaghy, County Londonderry, the eldest of three children of (Harold Matthew) Stuart Catherwood (1899–1973), haulier and bus company owner, and his wife ...

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Coates, Sir William Henry (1882–1963), civil servant and businessman, was born on 31 May 1882 at Runcorn, Cheshire, the second son of T. Mallalieu Coates, a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and his wife, Esther, née Tough. Coates, who was known to his close colleagues as ...

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Sir Bernard Nathaniel Waley- Cohen, first baronet (1914–1991) by Miles & Kaye, 1961 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cohen, Sir Bernard Nathaniel Waley-, first baronet (1914–1991), public servant and businessman, was born on 29 May 1914 in London, the first son (and twin brother of Hetty) of the three children of Sir Robert Waley Cohen (1877–1952), businessman and government adviser, and his wife, ...

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Cowan, Sir Robert (1932–1993), businessman and public servant, was born on 27 July 1932 at Inverleith, Edinburgh, the youngest child and only son of John McQueen Cowan (1892–1960) and his wife, Adeline May, née Organe (d. 1981). His father, a distinguished botanist on the staff of the ...

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Durie, Sir Alexander Charles [Alec] (1915–2001), businessman and public servant, was born on 15 July 1915 at The Green, Watchet, Somerset, the elder son of Charles Durie, highway engineer and county surveyor, and his wife, Margaret Mary, née Gardner. He was educated at ...

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Knollys, Edward George William Tyrwhitt, second Viscount Knollys (1895–1966), businessman and public servant, was born at St James's Palace, London, on 16 January 1895, the only son (he had one sister) of Francis Knollys, first viscount (1837–1924), private secretary from 1870 to 1910 to the ...

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Derek George Rayner, Baron Rayner (1926–1998) by Peter Dunne, 1983 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Rayner, Derek George, Baron Rayner (1926–1998), businessman and civil servant, was born at 47 Waterloo Road, Norwich, on 30 March 1926, the son of George William Rayner, a shoe finisher, and his wife, Hilda Jane, née Rant. He had a comfortable upbringing and was educated at the ...

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Roger, Sir Alexander Forbes Proctor (1878–1961), businessman and public servant, was born on 30 January 1878, at Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, the posthumous third son of James Paterson Roger (who to his family's eternal shame had committed suicide) and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of ...

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Salmon, Brian Lawson (1917–2001), businessman and public servant, was born on 30 June 1917 at 127 Oakwood Court, Kensington, London, the son of Julius Salmon, caterer, then serving as a lieutenant on the army staff, and his wife, Emma Constance, née Gluckstein. He was a member of a talented, entrepreneurial Jewish family, linked in marriage and business with the ...

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Stevenson, James, Baron Stevenson (1873–1926), businessman and public servant, was born at Dundonald Road, Kilmarnock, on 2 April 1873, the elder son of Archibald Stewart Stevenson, a warehouse manager with John Walker & Sons, and Eliza, daughter of James Morison. Stevenson was educated at ...

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Taylor, Thomas Johnston [Tom], Baron Taylor of Gryfe (1912–2001), businessman and public servant, was born on 27 April 1912 at 52 Lambhill Street, Glasgow, the son of John Sharp Taylor (d. 1915), engine fitter and organizing secretary of the Independent Labour Party...

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Zulueta, Sir Philip Francis de (1925–1989), civil servant and businessman, was born in Oxford on 2 January 1925, the only child of Francis (Francisco Maria José) de Zulueta (1878–1958), regius professor of civil law and fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and his wife, ...