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Britton, Thomas (1644–1714), concert promoter, book collector, and coal merchant, was born on 14 January 1644 at Rushden near Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. He migrated to London where he apprenticed himself to a ‘small-coal’ (slack-coal, or charcoal) merchant near St John the Baptist's Street...

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Thomas Britton (1644–1714) by John Wollaston, 1703 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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W. H. Cummings

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Oliphant, Thomas (1799–1873), music editor and cataloguer, was born on 25 December 1799 at Condie, Perthshire, in the house of his father, Ebenezer Oliphant. His mother, Mary, was the third daughter of Sir William Stirling, bt, of Ardoch, Perthshire. After being educated at ...