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C. E. R. Sherrington

revised by T. A. B. Corley

Acworth, Sir William Mitchell (1850–1925), railway economist, was born at Rothley, Leicestershire, on 22 November 1850, the third son of the Revd William Acworth, vicar of Rothley, and his wife, Margaret Dundas, daughter of Andrew Mitchell of Maulside, Beath, and Blythswood Place, Glasgow...

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William Carr

revised by Robert Brown

Allport, Sir James Joseph (1811–1892), railway manager, was born at Birmingham on 27 February 1811, the third son of William Allport (d. 1823) of Birmingham and his wife, Phoebe, daughter of Joseph Dickinson of Woodgreen, Staffordshire. His father was a manufacturer of small arms, and for a time prime warden of the ...

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Sir Edward Wentworth Beatty (1877–1943) by Howard Coster, 1939 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beatty, Sir Edward Wentworth (1877–1943), railway entrepreneur in Canada, was born at Thorold, Ontario, on 16 October 1877, the third son and fourth child of Henry Beatty, shipowner, and his wife, Harriett M. Powell. He was educated at Upper Canada College and at the ...

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Beckett, Sir Edmund [known as Edmund Denison], fourth baronet (1787–1874), railway promoter and politician, was born at Gledhow Hall, Leeds, on 29 January 1787, the sixth son of the banker Sir John Beckett, first baronet (1743–1826), and his wife, Mary, daughter of ...

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Blount, Sir Edward Charles (1809–1905), banker and railway promoter, was born on 16 March 1809 at Bellamour, near Rugeley, Staffordshire, the second son of Edward Blount (1769–1843), banker and politician, and his wife, Frances (d. 1859), daughter of Francis Wright of Fitzwalters, Essex...

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Bonsor, Sir (Henry) Cosmo Orme, first baronet (1848–1929), brewer and railway manager, was born on 2 September 1848 at Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey. He was the son of Joseph Bonsor (1807–1873) of Polesden Lacey, Surrey, a partner from 1852 in the London...

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Francis Watt

revised by Ralph Harrington

Booth, Henry (1789–1869), railway projector and manager, was born at 34 Rodney Street, Liverpool, on 4 April 1789, the son of Thomas Booth (1749–1832), a corn merchant, and his wife, Esther, née Noble (d. 1826), of Lancaster. He was privately educated at the ...

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George Bradshaw (1801–1853) by Richard Evans, 1841 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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G. C. Boase

revised by Philip S. Bagwell

Bradshaw, George (1801–1853), compiler of railway guides, only son of Thomas Bradshaw and his wife, Mary Rogers, was born at Windsor Bridge, Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, on 29 July 1801. His parents, although of limited means, gave him a good education, placing him under the care of a ...

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Frederick Archibald Vaughan Campbell, third Earl Cawdor (1847–1911) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell, Frederick Archibald Vaughan, third Earl Cawdor (1847–1911), politician and railway administrator, was born on 13 February 1847 at St Leonard's Hill, Windsor, the eldest child of John Frederick Vaughan Campbell, second Earl Cawdor (1817–1898) and his first wife, Sarah, daughter of the ...

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Dalrymple, James (1859–1934), tramway manager, was born on 15 September 1859 at 3 Gaskill Street, Charlton upon Medlock, Lancashire, the son of James Dalrymple, a draper, and his wife, Margaret, née Adams. His family was Scottish and in 1864 moved to Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire...

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Dent, Sir Francis Henry (1866–1955), railway administrator, was born at Cerrig Domas, Holyhead, Anglesey, on 31 December 1866, the second son of Charles Bayley Calmady Dent (1832–1894), and his wife, Corinna, née Courcoumelli (or Kurkomellis) (1840–1918), who was born in Corfu. His father, who had served as an officer in the ...

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Dunbar, Sir William, seventh baronet (1812–1889), railway director and politician, was born on 2 March 1812, the eldest of the eight children of James Dunbar (1778–1840) and his wife, Anna Catherina (d. 1860), daughter of William Ferdinand, Baron de Reede d'Oudtshoorn of the ...

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Elliot, Sir John [formerly John Elliot Blumenfeld] (1898–1988), railway manager, was born on 6 May 1898 at Albert Bridge Road, Battersea, London, the younger son and third of four children of Ralph David Blumenfeld (1864–1948), journalist and later editor of the Daily Express...

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Miller Christy

revised by Alan R. Griffin

Ellis, John (1789–1862), railway promoter and politician, was born on 3 August 1789 at Sharman's Lodge, near Leicester, the eldest of six children of Joseph Ellis (1755–1810), farmer, and his wife, Rebekah, née Burgess (1760–1826), who was Joseph's second cousin. Both parents were Quakers....

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George Dow

revised by Ralph Harrington

Fay, Sir Samuel [Sam] (1856–1953), railway administrator, was born at Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire, on 30 December 1856, the second son of Joshua Fay, a farmer of Huguenot origin, and his wife, Ann Philpot. He was educated at Blenheim House School, Fareham, and entered the service of the ...

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E. I. Carlyle

revised by Ralph Harrington

Findlay, Sir George (1829–1893), civil engineer and railway manager, was born at Rainhill in Lancashire on 18 May 1829, the younger son of George Findlay (1793–1858) of Grantown, Moray, and his wife, Agnes (d. 1835), daughter of Henry Courtenay of Glasgow. His father, descended from a family of small tenant farmers residing at ...

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Fitzmaurice, Henry Thomas Petty-, fourth marquess of Lansdowne (1816–1866), politician and railway company chairman, was born on 5 January 1816 at Lansdowne House, London, the second, and only surviving, son of Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, third marquess of Lansdowne (1780–1863), politician, and his wife, Lady Louisa Emma Fox-Strangways (1785–1851)...