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Sir Donald Currie (1825–1909) by Walter William Ouless, 1908 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Currie, Sir Donald (1825–1909), shipowner, was born on 17 September 1825 at Greenock, the third son of James Currie (1797–1851), a barber, and Elizabeth (1798–1839), daughter of Donald Martin. The family moved from Greenock to Belfast in 1826, where they belonged to the conservative Presbyterian congregation in ...

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Denny, Peter (1821–1895), shipbuilder and shipowner, was born in Dumbarton on 25 October 1821, the fifth son of William Denny (1779–1833) and his wife, Christeanne, formerly McIntyre. The Denny family had been involved in boat-building in the town since at least the mid-eighteenth century and were then engaged in developing steamships. ...

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Sir William Mackinnon, baronet (1823–1893) by Eveleen Myers © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mackinnon, Sir William, baronet (1823–1893), shipping entrepreneur and imperialist, born at Campbeltown, Argyll, on 31 March 1823, was the son of Duncan Mackinnon (d. 1836) of Campbeltown and his wife, Isabella (d. 1861), daughter of John Currie of the same town. He was educated at ...

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Potter, Lewis (1807–1881), shipping agent and banker, was born on 27 May 1807 at Falkirk, the son of James Potter (1775–1839), a timber merchant and brick manufacturer, and his wife, Janet, née Wilson (1781–1831). He was apprenticed to David Chapman, a shipping agent in ...

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Russell, Joseph (1834–1917), shipbuilder, was born on 8 April 1834 at Blackheath, London, the son of Joshua Russell, a solicitor in Southwark, and his second wife, Jane Ann Russell. In 1835 the elder Russell gave up his legal practice to become the Baptist minister of ...

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Wood, John (1788–1860), naval architect and shipbuilder, was born at Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, on 10 October 1788, one of at least two sons of John Wood (d. 1811), a Port Glasgow shipbuilder. He followed his father into the business and his training included a spell of two years at the shipyard of ...