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Morton, Sir James (1867–1943), textile and dyestuffs manufacturer, was born on 24 March 1867, at Darvel, Ayrshire, the third of nine children in the family of Alexander Morton (1844–1923) and his wife, Jean, née Wiseman (1844/5–1924). Alexander (1844–1923), of hand-loom weaving stock, was the leading entrepreneur in the factory production of lace, mainly for curtains. He had also pioneered direct selling to retailers and diversified into heavier decorative materials, including machine-made carpets. ...


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Riddell, James (d. 1674), merchant and manufacturer of soap and broadcloth, was the only son of James Riddell and his wife, Bessie Allan. The elder James Riddell was an English merchant descended from a landowning family, who traded in Cracow, Poland, and later moved to ...