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Acworth, Sir William Mitchell (1850–1925), railway economist, was born at Rothley, Leicestershire, on 22 November 1850, the third son of the Revd William Acworth, vicar of Rothley, and his wife, Margaret Dundas, daughter of Andrew Mitchell of Maulside, Beath, and Blythswood Place, Glasgow...

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Andrews, Philip Walter Sawford (1914–1971), economist, was born at 124 Adelaide Road, Southampton, on 12 March 1914, the son (there was also a daughter) of Frederick Walter Andrews, a railway shunter and later chief traffic inspector at Southampton docks, and his wife, Ethel Alice Sawford...

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Ashley, Sir William James (1860–1927), economic historian, was born at 11 Sun Street, Bermondsey, London, on 25 February 1860. He was the eldest son of James Ashley, a journeyman hatter from Wrexham, Denbighshire, and his wife, Jane (née Short). He was educated at ...

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Atwood, Thomas (d. 1793), judge in Dominica and the Bahamas and writer on economics and history, wrote that he spent several years of his life in Dominica, but his origins, as most of his other biographical details, are unknown. He was chief judge of ...

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Bagehot, Walter (1826–1877), political commentator, economist, and journalist, was born on 3 February 1826 at Langport, Somerset, the second son of Thomas Watson Bagehot (1795–1881), banker, and Edith Stuckey (1786–1870), a niece of Samuel Stuckey, founder in 1772 of Stuckey's Bank, which issued its own banknotes and enjoyed considerable prominence and respect in the west country. The first born, ...

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Walter Bagehot (1826–1877) by Norman Hirst, pubd 1891 (after Adolphe Beau, 1864) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bailey, Samuel (bap. 1791, d. 1870), economist and philosopher, was baptized on 8 July 1791 at St Peter's Church (later the cathedral), Sheffield, the second son and fifth of the eleven children of Joseph Bailey, of Burngreave, and Mary Eaden. His father, originally an artisan, had become wealthy in the cutlery business (he was master cutler in 1801) and as a merchant. ...

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Barbon, Nicholas (1637/1640–1698/9), builder and economist, was the son of the London leather merchant and sectarian politician Praisegod Barbon (c. 1598–1679/80), after whom the short-lived parliament of 1653 was nicknamed Barebone's Parliament. He was educated at the universities of Leiden and Utrecht, where he studied medicine, graduating MD at ...

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Barton, John (1789–1852), political economist and botanist, was born on 11 June 1789 in Southwark, London, the son of John Barton (1755–1789) and his second wife, Elizabeth, née Horne (1760–1833). He was the half-brother of Maria Hack, children's writer, and Bernard Barton, poet. The elder ...

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Michael Edwin Beesley (1924–1999) by Kelvin Brodie, 1973 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Beesley, Michael Edwin (1924–1999), economist, was born on 3 July 1924 at 127 Sandon Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, the second son of Edwin Sherman Beesley (1889–1969), clerk, later a broker at Stewart and Lloyds, and his wife, Kathleen Daisy Peacey (1891–1975), who ran her own tailoring business. After ...

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Bethel, Slingsby (bap. 1617, d. 1697), merchant and political economist, was baptized in Alne, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, on 27 February 1617, a younger son of Sir Walter Bethel (d. 1622), gentleman, and Mary Slingsby (1582–1662), daughter of Sir Henry Slingsby...

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Slingsby Bethel (bap. 1617, d. 1697) by William Sherwin, 1680 © Copyright The British Museum

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Sir Josiah Child, first baronet (bap. 1631, d. 1699) attrib. John Riley © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Child, Sir Josiah, first baronet (bap. 1631, d. 1699), economic writer and merchant, was baptized at St Bartholomew-by-the-Exchange, London, on 27 February 1631, the second son of Richard Child (buried 1638 at Hackney), a merchant of Fleet Street, and his wife, Elizabeth Roycroft...

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Sir John Harold Clapham (1873–1946) by Lafayette, 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clapham, Sir John Harold (1873–1946), economic historian, was born at Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, on 13 September 1873, the younger son of John Clapham, jeweller and silversmith, and his second wife, Mary Jane, daughter of John Chambers, accountant, of Manchester. There were two sons and a daughter....

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Coke, Roger (c. 1628–1704x7), political writer and economist, was the third son of Henry Coke (1591–1661), of Thorington, Suffolk, and his wife, Margaret, daughter and heir of Sir Richard Lovelace of Kingsdown, Kent. He was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he 'became well vers'd in several Parts of Learning' though 'Mathematicks, for some time, seem'd to be his principal Study' (...

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Cunningham, William (1849–1919), economic historian and Church of England clergyman, was born on 29 December 1849 at 50 Queen Street, Edinburgh, the second of three children born to James Cunningham, a lawyer, and his second wife, Elizabeth Boyle Dunlop, youngest daughter of Alexander Dunlop...

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William Cunningham (1849–1919) by William Strang, 1908 Scottish National Portrait Gallery