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Bargrave, Robert (1628–1661), merchant and diarist, was born in Kent, possibly at the family home, Eastry Court, Eastry, near Sandwich, on 25 March 1628, the second surviving son of Isaac Bargrave (bap. 1586, d. 1643), dean of Canterbury, and his wife, Elizabeth (1593–1667)...

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Bright, Henry Arthur (1830–1884), author and merchant, was born in Liverpool on 9 February 1830, the eldest son of Samuel Bright JP (1799–1870) and Elizabeth Anne, eldest daughter of the Liverpool banker Hugh Jones. The Brights, a long-established and well-respected family of Bristol...

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Burel, John (1565x8–1603), merchant and poet, was the son of Edinburgh's wealthiest flesher, Harry Burel (d. 1587), and his second wife, Isobel Abernethie (d. 1616), who were married in January 1565. Nothing is known of Burel's schooling, but he was a good Latinist. About 1592 he married ...

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Cannon, John (1684–1743), excise official and autobiographer, was born on 28 March 1684, the third but eldest surviving child of John Cannon (b. 1648), smallholder and butcher, and his wife, Elizabeth Hooper (b. 1644), in the small central Somerset village of ...

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Caxton, William (1415x24–1492), printer, merchant, and diplomat, was the first Englishman to print books, bringing the printing press to England in 1475 or 1476.

Nothing is known of Caxton's family or his place of birth. He was born in the weald of Kent...

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Cock, George (bap. 1615, d. 1679), merchant and friend of Samuel Pepys, was baptized at All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 25 April 1615, the son of Garrett Cocke. His family were deeply involved in trade and after his apprenticeship in 1631 to a corn merchant he became an influential and active member of the ...

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Dod, Henry (fl. 1583?–1620), poet and merchant, was of the old family of Dod, or Doddes, the son of Peter Dod of Smithes Pentrey, Broxton, in Cheshire, and Anne, daughter of Hugh Carrington of Over, in Cheshire. He versified nine psalms '...

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Duncan, William Augustine (1811–1885), newspaper editor and customs official in Australia, was born on 12 March 1811 at Bluefield, Towie, Aberdeenshire, the son of Peter Duncan and his wife, Mary, née Macdougal. He was educated with a view to being ordained in the ...

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Jones, Owen [pseud. Owain Myfyr] (1741–1814), literary patron and furrier, was born on 3 September 1741 at Tyddyn Tudur, in the parish of Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, Denbighshire, the son of Hugh Jones (d. 1778), yeoman, and his wife, Catherine Humphreys (1700?–1795)...

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Murdoch, John (1818–1903), journalist and customs and excise official, was born on 15 January 1818 at Lynemore Farm, Ardclach, Nairnshire, Scotland, the second child and eldest son of the nine children of John Murdoch, farm manager, and Mary McPherson, daughter of an Inverness-shire...

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Scottow [Scotto], Joshua (1618–1698), merchant and author in America, is presumed to have been born in Suffolk of a maritime family. He migrated to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1634 with his widowed mother, Thomasine, and an elder brother, Thomas (b. 1612). His mother was admitted to the ...