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Ferres, Thomas (1568/9–1631), master mariner and benefactor, was probably born at Glaisdale near Danby in the North Riding of Yorkshire. Nothing is known of his parents (a brother and two sisters outlived him), but his brother was a yeoman and his background was modest. As a young man ...

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Heckford [née Goff], Sarah Maud (1839–1903), philanthropist, writer, and traveller, was born at Blackrock, Dublin, on 30 June 1839, the youngest of the three daughters of William Goff (d. 1848), one time governor of the Bank of Ireland, and his wife, ...

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John MacGregor [Rob Roy] (1825–1892) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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MacGregor, John [called Rob Roy] (1825–1892), philanthropist and traveller, born on 24 January 1825 at Gravesend, Kent, was the eldest son of General Sir Duncan MacGregor KCB (1787–1881), inspector-general of police in Ireland. His mother was Elizabeth (d. 9 March 1858)...

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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 ...