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Antonin Besse (1877–1951) by unknown photographer courtesy of St Antony's College, Oxford


Besse, Antonin (1877–1951), entrepreneur and benefactor, was born on 26 June 1877 at Carcassonne in southern France, the third son and fourth child in the family of four boys and three girls of Pierre Besse, leather merchant, and his wife, Marie Bonnafous. In failing health ...


Robinson, Sir David (1904–1987), entrepreneur and benefactor, was born on 13 April 1904 in Cambridge, the third of the six sons and nine children of Herbert Robinson, cycle shop and later garage owner, and his wife, Rosie Emily Tricker. He was educated at the ...