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Acton, Sir Robert (b. before 1497, d. 1558), saddler and member of parliament, was born into a family of Worcestershire gentry, the son of Richard Acton of Sutton and his wife, Margery Dore. How he obtained an entrée to the royal court is unknown, but by 22 October 1518 he was a groom of the chamber, subsequently becoming a page (1526) and a gentleman usher (1528). More important to his advancement, however, was his marriage, by May 1528, to ...

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Davies, Stephen Owen (1886–1972), miners' leader and politician, was born at 39 John Street, Abercwmboi, Glamorgan, probably on 9 November 1886, the fourth of six children of Thomas Davies, miner and union organizer, and his wife, Esther. However, there is some uncertainty over the exact date of his birth....

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Fletcher, Sir Henry, first baronet (1727?–1807), politician and director of the East India Company, was the seventh child of John Fletcher of Clea Hall, Cumberland, and his second wife, Isabella, daughter and coheir of John Senhouse of Netherhall, Cumberland. He joined the naval service of the ...

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Sir James Tynte Agg- Gardner (1846–1928) by James Russell & Sons, 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gardner, Sir James Tynte Agg- (1846–1928), brewer and politician, was born on 25 November 1846, at Cheltenham, the elder son of James Agg-Gardner (1804–1858) and his wife, Eulalie Emily (1819–1901), the fifth daughter and coheir of William Richard Hopkins-Northey. He had one brother and a sister. His father took the additional surname after his patronymic of ...

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Grant, Sir Alexander, fifth baronet (1705–1772), merchant and politician, was born at the Mains of Dalvey, Inverness-shire, on 1 July 1705, the eldest of the three children of Patrick Grant (c.1654–1755), a barber and farmer, and his wife, Lydia, of Borlum...

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Gregory, Robert (1729?–1810), director of the East India Company and politician, was born in co. Galway, Ireland. Little is known of his background other than that he was the son of Henry Gregory of Galway and his wife, Mary, daughter of Robert Shaw...

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Jones, Robert Thomas (1874–1940), trade unionist, was born on 14 October 1874 in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Merioneth, the son of David Jones, a quarryman, and his wife, Ellen Parry. His formal education was largely confined to the elementary school at Ffestiniog, but the chapel Sunday school also contributed to his early education and he remained a staunch advocate of the Sunday school and of temperance. He started work in the local slate mines at the age of thirteen. He was a regular attender of evening classes and was influenced by the socialism of a local minister, ...

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McGhee, Richard (1851–1930), trade unionist and politician, was born at Lurgan in Ulster in late January or early February 1851, the eldest of three sons of protestant parents, Richard and Alice McGhee. He was baptized on 12 February 1851. His father was a poor tenant farmer on the estate of ...

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Pallady, Richard (b. 1515/16, d. in or before 1563), household official and member of parliament, was born of a yeoman family at Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire. He was educated as a king's scholar at Eton College from about 1529 and admitted to King's College, Cambridge...

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Sir Thomas Pilkington (1628–1691) by Robert White, 1691 (after J. Linton) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pilkington, Sir Thomas (1628–1691), merchant and politician, was born on 30 March 1628, the eldest son and heir of Thomas Pilkington (d. 1637), landowner of Northampton, and his second wife, Anne, the daughter of Edward Mercer, also of Northampton. Pilkington's father successfully established the family's gentry status but after his death ...

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Rylands, Peter (1820–1887), steel manufacturer and politician, born in Bewsey House, Warrington, on 18 January 1820, was the youngest son of John Rylands, manufacturer, and his wife, a daughter of the Revd James Glazebrook, vicar of Belton, Leicestershire. He was educated at the ...

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Shepheard, Samuel (c. 1648–1719), merchant and politician, about whose early life little is known, may have been the son of Joshua Shepheard, a London saddler. On 23 September 1673 he married Mary (d. 1723), daughter of Edward Chamberlayne of Princethorpe, Warwickshire. His considerable success as a merchant owed much to his initial involvement in first the wine and then the ...

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Tarleton, John (1755–1841), merchant and politician, was born at Liverpool, the third of the seven children of John Tarleton (1719–1773), a merchant, and Jane Parker (1726–1797), daughter and coheir of Banastre Parker of Cuerden, Lancashire. At his death the elder John Tarleton left an estate worth some ...

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Thomson, George (bap. 1607, d. 1691), merchant and politician, was baptized on 12 April 1607 at Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, the second son of Robert Thomson (1570–c.1638), and his wife, Elizabeth Halfhead (or Harsnett; bap. 1579, d. after 1622), and younger brother of ...

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Williamson, Archibald, first Baron Forres (1860–1931), merchant and politician, was born on 13 September 1860 at Birkenhead, the eldest son of Stephen Williamson (1827–1903) and his wife, Annie (1841–1922), the third daughter of Dr Thomas Guthrie, the well-known Edinburgh preacher. He had six brothers and one sister. He was educated at ...

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Wood, Sir Matthew, first baronet (1768–1843), druggist and politician, was born at Tiverton on 2 June 1768, the eldest of the ten children of William Wood (1738–1809), serge maker, and his wife, Catherine, née Cluse (d. 1798). Matthew, who was brought up as a dissenter, received a brief education at ...