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Cotesworth, William (c. 1668–1726), merchant and industrialist, was born the second surviving son of Charles Cotesworth (1637–1687) of Eggleston, co. Durham, a yeoman farmer, and his wife, Anne (d. 1712). His eldest brother, Charles, remained on the land while Cotesworth himself was apprenticed in March 1683 to a prosperous ...

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Sir Arthur Philip Du Cros, first baronet (1871–1955) by H. Walter Barnett © National Portrait Gallery, London

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G. K. S. Hamilton-Edwards

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Du Cros, Sir Arthur Philip, first baronet (1871–1955), industrialist, was born in Dublin on 26 January 1871, the third of seven sons of (William) Harvey Du Cros (1846–1918) and his first wife, Annie Jane (d. 1899), daughter of James Roy, a small landowner and farmer of ...

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William Douglas Weir, first Viscount Weir (1877–1959) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Weir, William Douglas, first Viscount Weir (1877–1959), industrialist and public servant, was born on 12 May 1877, in a top flat at Albert Crescent, Crosshill, Glasgow, the eldest of three children of James Weir (1842/3–1920), and his wife, Mary, formerly Richmond (1848–1931), daughter of ...