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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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Attwood, Thomas (1783–1856), politician and currency theorist, was born on 6 October 1783 at Hawne House, near Halesowen, Shropshire, the third son and fifth child of Matthias Attwood (1746–1836), banker, and his wife, Ann Adams (1752–1835), the daughter of Thomas Adams of Cakemore...

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Thomas Attwood (1783–1856) by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1832 Birmingham Library Services, on loan to Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

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Baillie, James Evan (1781?–1863), merchant, banker, and politician, was born in Bristol, probably in 1781, into a successful Scottish merchant-planter family that had settled in Bristol in the 1770s. He was baptized at St Augustine-the-Less, Bristol, on 26 June 1782, the third but second surviving son of ...

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Balfour, Harold Harington, first Baron Balfour of Inchrye (1897–1988), airman, businessman, and politician, was born on 1 November 1897 in Farnham, Surrey, the younger son and second of the three children of Colonel Nigel Harington Balfour OBE, a serving officer, of Belton, Camberley, Surrey...

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Balfour, Jabez Spencer (1843–1916), company promoter and politician, was born in Marylebone, Middlesex, on 4 September 1843, the younger son of James Balfour (1796–1884) and Clara Lucas Balfour (1808–1878), who were prominent workers in the mid-Victorian temperance movement. Balfour's career is best understood in the context of the increasingly prominent part played by militant middle-class nonconformists in the business world, in the ...

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Banbury, Frederick George, first Baron Banbury of Southam (1850–1936), politician and stockbroker, was born in London on 2 December 1850, the eldest son of Frederick Banbury of Shirley House, Surrey, and his wife, Cecilia Laura, daughter of William Cox of Woodford Hall, Essex...

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Thomas Baring (1799–1873) attrib. George Richmond, 1826 ING Bank, NV (London Branch). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Baring, Thomas (1799–1873), banker and politician, was born on 7 September 1799 at Lee, near Lewisham, Kent, the second of the four sons and five daughters of Sir Thomas Baring (1772–1848), landowner, and his wife, Mary Ursula Sealy, daughter of Charles Sealy, a barrister at ...

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Bartley, Sir George Christopher Trout (1842–1910), banker and politician, was born at Rectory Place, Hackney, on 22 November 1842, the son of Robert Bartley, of the War Office and his second wife, Julia Anna, née Lucas. After early education at Blackheath, at Clapton...

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Batchelor, John (1820–1883), politician and businessman, was born on 10 April in Newport, Monmouthshire, the second son among the twelve children of Benjamin Batchelor, a timber merchant and shipbuilder. He was educated locally in a private school before being apprenticed to his father. He subsequently visited shipyards in ...

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Beale family (per. c. 1836–1912), lawyers, businessmen, and politicians, were already a well-established merchant family in Birmingham by the late eighteenth century.

William John Beale (1807–1883), the founder of Beale & Co., solicitors, of Birmingham and London, was the younger son of ...

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Bessell, Peter Joseph (1921–1985), politician and businessman, was born on 24 August 1921 at Elm Bank Nursing Home, Bath, the only son of Joseph Edgar Bessell, tailor, and his wife, Olive Simons Hawkins. His parents divorced in 1926 and Bessell was brought up by his father. Educated at ...

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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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Birch, (Evelyn) Nigel Chetwode, Baron Rhyl (1906–1981), economist and politician, was born in London on 18 November 1906, one of two sons (there were no daughters) of General Sir (James Frederick) Noel Birch (1865–1939) GBE KCB KCMG and his wife, Florence Hyacinthe (1876–1938)...

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Bolton, Sir John Brown (1902–1980), politician in the Isle of Man and accountant, was born on 20 January 1902 in Methwold, Norfolk, the eldest of four sons of the Revd Richard Bolton (1867–1951), Primitive Methodist minister, and his wife, Charlotte, née Brown (1865–1962)...

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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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Boyce, Sir (Harold) Leslie, first baronet (1895–1955), businessman and politician, was born at Taree, New South Wales, Australia, on 9 July 1895, the third son of Charles Macleay Boyce (1868–1936) and his wife Ethel May Thorne (d. 1943). Boyce attended Sydney grammar school...