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Ronald M. Birse

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Coffey, Aeneas (c. 1780–1852), exciseman and inventor of a still, was born probably in Dublin (though one source gives his birthplace as Calais), the son of Andrew Coffey, the city engineer of Dublin, who was employed in the Dublin city waterworks from 1774 to 1832. He is thought to have attended classes at ...

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Hartley, David (1731–1813), politician and inventor of fireproofing systems, was born in Bury St Edmunds, the eldest son of David Hartley (bap. 1705, d. 1757), philosopher and physician, and only child of his first wife, Alice Rowley (bap. 1705, d. 1731), who died giving birth to him. He had a half-brother and a half-sister from his father's second marriage, in 1735, to ...

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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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Stanhope, Charles, third Earl Stanhope (1753–1816), politician and inventor, was born in London on 3 August 1753. He was the second, but only surviving, son of Philip Stanhope, second Earl Stanhope (1714–1786), and his wife, Grizel Hamilton (1719–1811). His father, the son of the general and whig politician ...

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Charles Stanhope, third Earl Stanhope (1753–1816) by John Opie, exh. RA 1803 © National Portrait Gallery, London