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Baillie, Lady Grisell (1665–1746), heroine and business woman, was born on 25 December 1665 at Redbraes Castle, Berwickshire, the eldest survivor of the eighteen children of Sir Patrick Hume (or Home) of Polwarth, later first earl of Marchmont (1641–1724), and Grisell Kerr (...

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John Kenworthy Bythell (1840–1916) by Thomas Edwin Mostyn © Manchester City Art Galleries

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Bythell, John Kenworthy (1840–1916), businessman, was born on 20 April 1840 at 83 Great Jackson Street, Hulme, Manchester, the son of James Bythell, a calenderer and maker-up employed in the city's shipping trade, and his wife, Sarah, née Southell. He joined the merchant firm of ...

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Campbell, John (c. 1703–1777), banker and businessman, was held by contemporaries to be an illegitimate son of Colin Campbell of Ardmaddy, younger son of the first earl of Breadalbane (1634–1717). Later testimonies suggest that Colin Campbell married Grizel Douglas against the earl's wishes, and that all evidence of this legal marriage was later destroyed, and with it, the claim of ...

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Carte, Helen [née Susan Helen Couper Black] (1852–1913), businesswoman and theatre manager, was born on 12 May 1852, at Wigtown, Scotland, the second daughter of George Couper (or Cowper) Black (1820–c.1874), procurator fiscal, and his wife, Ellen Barham (1823–1875?). Originally christened ...

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Colville, Ronald John Bilsland, second Baron Clydesmuir (1917–1996), businessman and banker, was born on 21 May 1917 at 28 Park Circus, Hillhead, Glasgow, the only son and eldest of the three children of (David) John Colville, first Baron Clydesmuir (1894–1954), steel manufacturer, politician, and public servant, and his wife, ...

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Galt, Sir Alexander Tilloch (1817–1893), businessman and politician in Canada, was born on 6 September 1817 in Chelsea, London, the youngest of the three sons of John Galt (1779–1839), author and colonizer, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1851), the daughter of the publisher ...

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Geddes, Auckland Campbell, first Baron Geddes (1879–1954), politician and businessman, was born in London on 21 June 1879, the second of three sons of Auckland (originally Acland) Campbell Geddes (1831–1908), civil engineer, and his wife, Christina Helen Macleod Anderson (1850–1914). He had four sisters, of whom two survived into adulthood. His siblings included ...

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Auckland Campbell Geddes, first Baron Geddes (1879–1954) by Olive Edis, 1916 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Geddes, Sir Eric Campbell (1875–1937), politician and businessman, was born at Agra, India, on 26 September 1875, the second of five children of Auckland Campbell Geddes (1831–1908), civil engineer, of Edinburgh and his wife, Christina Helen Macleod (1850–1914), daughter of the Revd Alexander Anderson...

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Sir Eric Campbell Geddes (1875–1937) by Howard Coster, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Goodfellow, Sir William (1880–1974), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 26 May 1880 at Terarauhi, Alexandra, near Te Awamutu in the district of Waikato, New Zealand, the eldest of the six children of Thomas Goodfellow (1854–1938) and his wife, Jane Grace (1856–1950), the daughter of ...

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Horne, Robert Stevenson, Viscount Horne of Slamannan (1871–1940), politician and businessman, was born on 28 February 1871 at Slamannan, Stirlingshire, the youngest son of Robert Stevenson Horne (1830–1887), Church of Scotland minister of the parish of Slamannan, and his wife, Mary, daughter of ...

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Robert Stevenson Horne, Viscount Horne of Slamannan (1871–1940) by Lafayette, pubd 1922 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Law, Andrew Bonar (1858–1923), businessman and prime minister, was born on 16 September 1858 in Kingston, New Brunswick, Canada. His father, the Revd James Law (1822–1882), was an Ulsterman of Scottish descent who served as Presbyterian minister of the Free Church of Scotland...

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Andrew Bonar Law (1858–1923) by Sir James Guthrie, c. 1919–21 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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MacBain, Sir James (1828–1892), businessman and politician in Australia, born on 19 April 1828 at Kinrives, Ross-shire, was the youngest son of Smith MacBain, a farmer, and his wife, Christina Taylor. While he was still an infant his family moved to Scotsburn, and thence to ...

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McCracken, Henry Joy (1767–1798), businessman and Irish nationalist, was born at 39 High Street, Belfast, on 31 August 1767, the fifth child of Captain John McCracken (1721–1803), shipowner and textile manufacturer, and his wife, Ann Joy (1730–1814). Both the Joy and McCracken families were Presbyterian, industrious, and prominent; his mother was a great-granddaughter of ...

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Mitchell, Peter (1824–1899), businessman and politician in Canada, was born at Newcastle, New Brunswick, on 4 January 1824, the son of Peter Mitchell (1795–1851), a hotel owner and tavern keeper, and his wife, Barbara, née Grant (1800–1869). Educated at the county grammar school, he studied law and was called to the ...