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Blake, Charles Henry (1794–1872), property speculator, was born in Calcutta, the son of Benjamin Blake, a sea captain who had been plying the route to India since 1775. Soon after 1794 his father left the sea and became an indigo planter in Bengal...

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Burt, Edmund (d. 1755), author and rent collector, is known to have been born in England and in 1725 to have referred to his wife's being in London. On 31 May of the same year he was appointed receiver-general and collector of rents on the unsold forfeited estates in ...

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Byrne [née Lawrence], Nona Georgette (1922–2012), building society founder, was born on 10 September 1922 at The Cottage, Greenford, Middlesex, the youngest child in the family of five daughters and one son of Alexander Graham Lawrence, third Baron Lawrence (1878–1947), and his first wife, ...

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Croghan, George (d. 1782), colonial official and land speculator in America, was born in Dublin, though further details of his parents and upbringing are uncertain. Before moving to America in 1741 he is known to have married. His daughter Susannah was born in 1750. In later life he lived with the daughter of a Mohawk chief, with whom he had a second daughter, ...

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Grogan, William (1824–1891), estate agent, was born on 3 August 1824 in Pollen Street, Westminster, the son of Nicholas Grogan (d. c.1845), tea dealer and wine merchant, and his wife, Sarah Bean. He may have been the William Grogan who was briefly in partnership about 1848–9 with ...

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Hill, Sir Enoch (1865–1942), building society manager, was born on 10 September 1865 at Ball Haye Green, Leek, Staffordshire, the eldest of the four sons and three daughters of Henry Hill and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, both of whom were manual workers in the silk-spinning industry. ...

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Kemp, Thomas Read (1782–1844), property speculator, was born on 23 December 1782, at 169 High Street, Lewes, Sussex, the younger surviving child and only son of Thomas Kemp (bap. 1745, d. 1811), wool merchant and MP, and his wife, Anne (1748/9–1807), daughter of ...

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Lempriere, Charles (1818–1901), politician and speculator, born at Exeter on 21 September 1818, was second son of John Lemprière (c. 1765–1824), compiler of the Classical Dictionary, and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Deane of Salisbury. He entered Merchant Taylors' School in February 1825 and matriculated at ...

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Joseph Pitt (1759–1842) by William Mulready, early 19th cent. © The Cheltenham Trust and Cheltenham Borough Council

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Pitt, Joseph (1759–1842), property developer and politician, was born in 1759 at Little Witcombe, a hamlet in Badgeworth, Gloucestershire, where he was baptized at the parish church on 24 June, the youngest of five sons of Joseph Pitt, a yeoman farmer, and his wife, ...

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Russell, Thomas (1830–1904), financier and land speculator, was born in Cork, the first of six children of Thomas Russell (1808–1873), carpenter, and Mary Roberts (1811–1847), ward of a Church of Ireland rector. The Russells left Ireland with the infant Thomas in 1833. After seven years in ...

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Scully, William Francis John (1821–1906), land speculator, was born on 23 November 1821 at Kilfeacle House, co. Tipperary, Ireland, the youngest child of Denys Scully (1773–1830), barrister and political activist, and his wife, Catherine Eyre (d. 1843). One of his brothers was ...

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Smith, Gavin (b. c. 1550, d. in or after 1604), engineer and projector, may have been the son of John Smith who in 1558 was the king and queen's fletcher and subsequently master of the Fletchers' Company. Gavin Smith was a citizen of ...

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White, James (1877–1927), property developer and speculator, was born on 17 May 1877 at 16A Sun Place, Rochdale, the son of Thomas White, bricklayer, and his wife, Catherine Mullroy. He was educated at St John's Roman Catholic School, Rochdale. At the age of ten he began working half-time in a cotton mill, and at nineteen he allegedly bought a ...