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Bates, Sir Percy Elly, fourth baronet (1879–1946), merchant and shipowner, was born at Beechenhurst, Wavertree, Liverpool, on 12 May 1879, the second of seven sons of Edward Percy Bates (1845–1899), who became second baronet, and his wife, Constance Elisabeth, daughter of Samuel Robert Graves...

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Sir Percy Elly Bates, fourth baronet (1879–1946) by George Charles Beresford, 1913 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dawes, Sir Edwyn Sandys (1838–1903), merchant and shipowner, was born at Dilhorne, Staffordshire, on 27 January 1838, the second son of the Revd Charles Thomas Dawes (1793–1863) and his wife, Mary Henrietta (1804–1875), daughter of Captain Henry Sherwood, army officer, and Mrs Mary Martha Sherwood (1775–1851)...

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Henley, Michael (c. 1742–1813), merchant and shipowner, was probably born at Rotherhithe. His origins are obscure though he may well have been the son of a Francis Henley from Ireland, who lived in Rotherhithe before being buried at Bermondsey in February 1785. Michael Henley...

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Jones, Sir Alfred Lewis (1845–1909), shipping entrepreneur and colonial magnate, was born on 24 February 1845 at either Picton Place or Lammas Street, Carmarthen, the only surviving son of Daniel Jones (d. 1869) of Carmarthen, currier, and his wife, Mary, eldest daughter of ...

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Roydon [Rawdon], Sir Marmaduke (1583–1646), merchant and shipowner, was baptized on 20 March 1583 at Brandsby in Yorkshire, the third of four children of Ralph Roydon of Stearsby and his wife, Jane, daughter of John Brice of Stillington in Yorkshire. At the age of sixteen he went to ...

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Swire, John Samuel [called the Senior] (1825–1898), merchant and shipowner, was born in Liverpool on 24 December 1825, the eldest son of John Swire (1793–1847), merchant, and Maria Louisa, née Roose (c.1794–1858). His father had founded the family import–export business in ...