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Noah Hingley (1796–1877) by unknown engraver taken from original held at Dudley Archives & Local History Service

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Hingley, Noah (1796–1877), ironmaster and manufacturer of chain cables, was born at Rowley, Staffordshire, on 7 March 1796, the son of Isaac Hingley and his wife, Esther, née Willetts. The surname of Hingley, largely confined to the Black Country, was reputed to be derived from Huguenot antecedents. Following his father's trade, ...

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Lithgow family (per. c. 1870–1952), shipbuilders and industrialists, came to prominence with William Todd Lithgow (1854–1908), shipbuilder, and his sons, James and Henry. Born at Port Glasgow, William Todd Lithgow was the second son of James Lithgow (d. 1870), a cotton yarn merchant, and his wife, ...

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Sir Charles Mark Palmer, first baronet (1822–1907) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1899 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Palmer, Sir Charles Mark, first baronet (1822–1907), coal-owner, ironmaster and shipbuilder, was born on 3 November 1822 at King Street, South Shields, the fourth child of seven sons and one daughter of George Palmer (1789–1866), a Tyneside merchant and shipowner, and his wife, ...

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Sitch, Charles Henry (1887–1960), trade unionist and politician, was born at Saltney, Chester, on 4 May 1887, the third son of Thomas Sitch (1852–1923), chain maker and trade unionist, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Young). Thomas Sitch was born at ...

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White family (per. 1795–1846), shipowners and merchants of Sunderland, first came to prominence through John White (1764–1833), who was born at Monkwearmouth, co. Durham, and began his working life as a cooper in the 1780s. During the French wars White diversified his business activities into shipowning to take advantage of boom conditions in this sector, and by 1814 he had accumulated a fleet of ...

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Wigram, Sir Robert, first baronet (1744–1830), merchant and shipbuilder, was born on 30 January 1744 in Wexford, Ireland, son of John Wigram (d. 1746) of Wexford, merchant and master of the privateer Boyne, and his wife and cousin Mary, daughter of Robert Clifford...

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Wyatt, James (1690/91–1767), merchant and shipbuilder, was born in the Hythe area of Southampton and probably in that part of Hythe then in the parish of Dibden. Details of his parents are obscure; however, Wyatt is known to have had one elder brother, ...