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Assheton, Ralph, first Baron Clitheroe (1901–1984), politician and businessman, was born at Downham Hall, Clitheroe, on 24 February 1901, the second of four children and only son of Sir Ralph Cockayne Assheton, first baronet (1860–1955), of Downham Hall, and his wife, Mildred Estelle Sybella (...

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Bignold, Sir Samuel (1791–1875), businessman and politician, was born on 13 October 1791, the third son in the family of three sons and three daughters of Thomas Bignold (1761–1835), businessman, and his wife, Sarah (1752–1821), widow of Julius Long and daughter of Samuel Cocksedge...

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Bowater, Sir Thomas Vansittart, first baronet (1862–1938), businessman and politician, was born on 20 October 1862 at Cheetham Hill, Manchester, the eldest child in the family of seven sons and two daughters of William Vansittart Bowater (1838–1907), paper merchant and agent, and his wife, ...

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Bullock, Sir Christopher Llewellyn (1891–1972), public servant and businessman, was born on 10 November 1891 at Whiston, Northamptonshire, the second child and second son in the family of seven children (one of whom died at birth) of the Revd Llewellyn Christopher Watson Bullock (1866–1936)...

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Sir Richard Cartwright (1835–1912) by unknown photographer, 1881 National Archives of Canada / PA-025546

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Cartwright, Sir Richard (1835–1912), businessman and politician in Canada, born in Kingston, Upper Canada, on 4 December 1835, was the son of the Revd Robert David Cartwright (d. 1843) and his wife, Harriet Dobbs (1808–1887). His paternal grandfather, Richard Cartwright (1759–1815), the founder of the Canadian family, was a very wealthy man and one of the Conservative leaders of early ...

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Coates, Sir William Henry (1882–1963), civil servant and businessman, was born on 31 May 1882 at Runcorn, Cheshire, the second son of T. Mallalieu Coates, a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and his wife, Esther, née Tough. Coates, who was known to his close colleagues as ...

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Davies, Theophilus Harris (1834–1898), businessman and consul, was born on 4 January 1834 in Coalbournbrook, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, the second of the five children of the Revd Theophilus Davies (c.1798–1879?), a Welsh Congregational minister, and his wife, Mary Ann (c.1798–1849?)...

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Jean Denton, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001) by Nick Sinclair, 1992 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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Donaldson, Sir Stuart Alexander (1812–1867), businessman and politician in Australia, was born on 16 December 1812, the third son of Stuart Donaldson (d. 1849), a London merchant born in Haddington, Scotland, and his wife, Betsy, the daughter of John Crundall of Snab Green, Lancashire...

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Eccles, David McAdam, first Viscount Eccles (1904–1999), businessman and politician, was born on 18 September 1904 at 124 Harley Street, London, the third of four sons and the fourth of five children of William McAdam Eccles (1867–1946), surgeon, and his wife, Anna Coralie Anstie (1870–1930)...

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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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Kinahan, Sir Robert George Caldwell [Robin] (1916–1997), businessman and politician, was born on 24 September 1916 in Belfast, the younger son and second child in the family of two sons and three daughters of Henry Kinahan, wine merchant, of Low Wood, Belfast, and his wife ...

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Morrison, Walter (1836–1921), businessman, politician, and benefactor, was born in London on 21 May 1836, the fifth son of James Morrison (1789–1857), of the firm of Morrison, Dillon, & Co., and his wife, Mary (d. 1887), daughter of John Todd, of the same firm. ...

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Thomas Neale (1641–1699) by unknown artist, 1694 © Copyright The British Museum

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Neale, Thomas (1641–1699), projector and politician, was the only son of Thomas Neale of Warnford, Hampshire, and Lucy Uvedale. The senior Thomas Neale (d. in or before 1643) was in turn the eldest son of Sir Thomas Neale (d. 1621)...

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Palmer, Sir James Frederick (1803–1871), businessman and politician in Australia, was born on 27 June 1803 at Great Torrington, Devon, the fourth son of John Palmer (bap. 1752, d. 1827), rector of Great Torrington, and his wife, Jane, the daughter of William Johnson...

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Patterson, Sir James Brown (1833–1895), businessman and politician in Australia, born at Alnwick, Northumberland, on 18 November 1833, was the youngest son of James Patterson, a district road inspector, and his wife, Agnes, née Brown. He received an elementary education at Alnwick, and emigrated to ...

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Rollit, Sir Albert Kaye (1841–1922), businessman and politician, was born at 21 Lister Street, Hull on 12 May 1841, the eldest of five sons of John Rollit (1805-1873), solicitor, and his wife, Eliza (1809-1879), daughter of Joseph Kaye, a Huddersfield architect. He was educated at ...