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Blachford [née Tighe], Theodosia (c. 1745–c. 1817), philanthropist, was the only daughter of four children born to William Tighe MP and his first wife, Lady Mary Bligh, granddaughter of the first earl of Darnley, of Rosanna, co. Wicklow, Ireland. Her mother died while she was young, and ...

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Budgett, Samuel (1794–1851), merchant and philanthropist, was born on 27 July 1794 at Wrington, Somerset, the seventh of the twelve children of James Budgett (1747–1823), shopkeeper, and his second wife and cousin, Elizabeth Budgett (d. 1831). In 1801, after residing in Backwell...

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Cory, John (1828–1910), coal broker and philanthropist, was born on 28 March 1828 at Bideford, the eldest of five sons of Richard Cory (1799–1882), merchant, and Sarah, both of Bideford. The father was the owner and master of a small vessel in the coastal trade, and his decision in the 1830s to open a store as ship's chandler and provision merchant in ...

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Thomas Robinson Ferens (1847–1930) by Frank Dicksee, 1913 Hull Museums, Guildhall

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Ferens, Thomas Robinson (1847–1930), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 4 May 1847 at East Thickley, near Bishop Auckland, the third of the seven children of George Waller Ferens (1817–1893), flour miller, of New Shildon, co. Durham, and his wife, Anne, née Jackson...

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Heald, James (1796–1873), philanthropist and politician, second son of James Heald of Brinnington and Disley, Cheshire, merchant, was born on 1 March 1796 at Portwood, near Stockport. He was educated at Rochdale, and entered his father's business. His parents belonged to the Wesleyan connexion...

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Mitchell, Sir Henry (1824–1898), textile merchant and philanthropist, was born in November 1824 at Esholt, near Bradford, Yorkshire, the son of Matthew Harper Mitchell, a small local textile manufacturer, and his wife, Ann. He went to a local elementary school, and at the age of fourteen entered his father's worsted mill to learn the principles of textile manufacture. In 1841 he was taken on by the worsted firm of ...

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Frank Parkinson (1887–1946) by Howard Coster © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Parkinson, Frank (1887–1946), electrical engineer and philanthropist, was born at Springfield, Guiseley, Wharfedale, Yorkshire, on 7 February 1887, the eldest of three children of Joseph Parkinson (1862–1902), stone mason and quarry-owner, and his wife, Ann Elizabeth, née Yeadon (b. 1861). Educated at ...

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Smith, Sir William Reardon, first baronet (1856–1935), shipowner and philanthropist, was born at Appledore, Devon, on 7 August 1856, the youngest of nine children of Thomas Smith (1810–1859), master of the schooner Hazard, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1906), the daughter of ...

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Stephenson, Thomas Bowman (1839–1912), Wesleyan Methodist minister and founder of the National Children's Home and Orphanage, London, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne on 22 December 1839, the sixth child of John Stephenson, Wesleyan Methodist minister, and his wife, Mary (née Bowman)...

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Wakefield, Charles Cheers, first Viscount Wakefield (1859–1941), oil industrialist and philanthropist, was born in Liverpool on 12 December 1859, the fourth and youngest son (there were no daughters) of John Wakefield, a customs official, and his wife, Mary, daughter of William Cheers, of ...

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White, William (1820–1900), municipal politician and philanthropist, was born in London Street, Reading, on 31 July 1820, the ninth of thirteen children of John White (1779–1863), cabinet maker and upholsterer, and his wife, Emily, née Page (c.1784–1863). White was educated by his aunt ...