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A. H. Millar

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Allan, Sir William (1837–1903), engineer and politician, born at Dundee on 29 November 1837, was the third son of James Allan (d. 1883), machine maker, and his wife, Margaret Dickson (d. 1879). After being educated in local schools, Allan served his apprenticeship as an engineer at his father's ...

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Ayrton [née Marks], (Phoebe) Sarah [Hertha] (1854–1923), electrical engineer and suffragist, was born Phoebe Sarah Marks on 28 April 1854 at 6 Queen Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, third child of Alice Theresa (d. 1898), seamstress, daughter of Joseph Moss, glass merchant of ...

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Brownhill, Rowland William (1834–1895), engineer and local politician, was born in Tipton, Staffordshire, the second of seven sons in a family of ten; his parents, William Brownhill (b. 1789), iron founder, and his wife, Elizabeth, were nonconformists. Brownhill's education and early training are obscure, but he married on 30 October 1860 and with his wife, ...

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Burdon, Rowland (1756–1838), politician, banker, and businessman, was born on 28 December 1756 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the only child of Rowland Burdon (1724–1786) and his wife, Elizabeth Smith. In 1758 the father, a merchant originally from Stockton, bought the Castle Eden...

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Jennett Humphreys

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Chapman, John (1801–1854), engineer and political economist, was born at Loughborough, Leicestershire, on 20 January 1801, the eldest of the three surviving sons of John Chapman, clockmaker of that town. He received his education first at a school kept by Mr Mowbray, and then under the ...

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Creswell, Frederic Hugh Page (1866–1948), politician in South Africa and mining engineer, was born on 13 November 1866 in Gibraltar, the youngest of the thirteen children of Edmund Creswell (d. 1877), then deputy postmaster-general of Gibraltar, and his wife, Mary Fraser of ...

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Galloway, Alexander (1776–1847), radical and engineer, is of unknown parentage and background; by the age of eighteen he emerged from obscurity to assume an influential role in the London Corresponding Society (LCS). According to Francis Place, Galloway was one of 'the cleverest men...

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Girouard, Sir (Édouard) Percy Cranwill (1867–1932), railway engineer and colonial governor, was born on 26 January 1867 in Montreal, the son of Désiré Girouard (1836–1911) and his second wife, Essie (d. 1879), daughter of Dr Joseph Cranwill of Ballynamona, Ireland. The Girouard...

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Graham, James, sixth duke of Montrose (1878–1954), marine engineer and Scottish nationalist, was born on 1 May 1878 at 35 Chester Square, London, the eldest of five children of Douglas Beresford Malise Graham, fifth duke of Montrose (1852–1925), and his wife, Violet Hermione (1854–1940)...

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Hamilton, Sir James Arnot (1923–2012), aeronautical engineer and civil servant, was born on 2 May 1923 at 18 Kirkhill Road, Penicuik, Midlothian, the son of Andrina Hamilton (d. 1995), a milliner. His mother later married Walter Hogarth, a furniture salesman. Educated at ...

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Haslam, Sir Alfred Seale (1844–1927), engineer and politician, was born on 27 October 1844 in Derby, the fourth of the five sons and the fourth of the eight children of William Haslam, ironmaster of Derby, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Joseph Smith...

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Hill, Edwin (1793–1876), civil servant and inventor of postal machinery, was born on 25 November 1793 at Birmingham, the second of the eight children of Thomas Wright Hill (1763–1851), schoolmaster, and his wife, Sarah Lea (1765–1842), daughter of William Lea. His elder brother was ...

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Holden, Sir Isaac, first baronet (1807–1897), inventor of a wool-combing machine, entrepreneur, and politician, was born on 7 May 1807 at Hurlet, near Paisley, the seventh child of Isaac Holden (d. 1826) and his wife, Alice, née Forrest. His father, a native of ...

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Howe, Clarence Decatur (1886–1960), politician and engineer in Canada, was born on 15 January 1886 in Waltham, Massachusetts, the first child and only son of William Clarence Howe, a builder, and his wife, Mary Emma Hastings. His parents were of New England stock, and ...

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W. H. Myers

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Julius, Sir George Alfred (1873–1946), engineer and public servant, was born on 29 April 1873 in Norwich, the eldest son of Churchill Julius (1847–1938), who later became the Anglican archbishop and primate of New Zealand, and his wife, Alice Frances, daughter of Colonel Michael John Rowlandson...

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Lockspeiser, Sir Ben (1891–1990), engineer and government administrator, was born on 9 March 1891 at 7 President Street in the parish of St Luke's in the City of London, the eldest son and second child in the family of three sons and two daughters of ...

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Macfarlane, Sir George Gray (1916–2007), engineer and public servant, was born on 8 January 1916 at Deanston, Victoria Place, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, the youngest child of John Macfarlane (d. 1938) and his wife, Mary, née Knox (d. 1933). His father, a prosperous grocer, was a strict Presbyterian, an elder of the church, the provost, and a JP, and took his family to church twice every Sunday with prayers morning and evening. He also took them rowing, sailing, and hill walking. ...

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Marks, George Croydon, Baron Marks (1858–1938), engineer, patent agent, and politician, was born in Eltham, Kent, on 9 June 1858, the eldest of eight children (four of whom died in infancy) of William Marks, an artisan at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, and his wife, ...