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Walter Bagehot (1826–1877) by Norman Hirst, pubd 1891 (after Adolphe Beau, 1864) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bagehot, Walter (1826–1877), political commentator, economist, and journalist, was born on 3 February 1826 at Langport, Somerset, the second son of Thomas Watson Bagehot (1795–1881), banker, and Edith Stuckey (1786–1870), a niece of Samuel Stuckey, founder in 1772 of Stuckey's Bank, which issued its own banknotes and enjoyed considerable prominence and respect in the west country. The first born, ...

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Burt, Edmund (d. 1755), author and rent collector, is known to have been born in England and in 1725 to have referred to his wife's being in London. On 31 May of the same year he was appointed receiver-general and collector of rents on the unsold forfeited estates in ...

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Clark, Sir Thomas Fife (1907–1985), journalist and public relations expert, was born at 37 Grange Road, Thornaby-on-Tees, Yorkshire, on 29 May 1907, the son of Thomas Fife Clark, journalist, and his wife, Jane Nevison. On leaving Middlesbrough high school at the age of seventeen he became a journalist with the chain of provincial newspapers owned by the ...

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Hubert Kinsman Cudlipp, Baron Cudlipp (1913–1998) by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1961 © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cudlipp, Hubert Kinsman [Hugh], Baron Cudlipp (1913–1998), journalist and publishing executive, was born at 118 Lisvane Street, Cardiff, on 28 August 1913, the youngest son in the family of three sons and one daughter of William Christopher Cudlipp, commercial traveller for a provision merchant, and his wife, ...

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Daniel Defoe (1660?–1731) by Michael Vandergucht, pubd 1706 (after Jeremiah Taverner, 1706) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Defoe, Daniel (1660?–1731), writer and businessman, was the youngest of the three children of James Foe (d. 1706), a prosperous tallow chandler in the parish of Cripplegate and a freeman of the City of London, and Alice Foe, who died some time between 1668 and 1671. His sisters, ...

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Dillwyn, (Elizabeth) Amy (1845–1935), novelist and businesswoman, was born at Parc Wern, Sketty, Swansea, on 16 May 1845, the second daughter and third child in the family of three daughters and one son of Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn (1814–1892), an industrialist and Liberal MP for ...

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Eyre [née Aldersey], Anne (1612/13–1681), account keeper, was probably the third of seven children of Samuel Aldersey (d. 1633), a London merchant and haberdasher who had traded to Nuremberg, and his wife, Mary (d. 1628), daughter of Philip van Oyrle...

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Freeman, John Frederick (1880–1929), poet and businessman, was born on 29 January 1880 at 5 Pownall Road, Haggerston, London, the eldest son of John Jacob Freeman, a commercial traveller, and his wife, Catherine Esther, née Botham, granddaughter of a captain in a regiment of guards. His father, whose family came from ...

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Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932) by John Singer Sargent, 1912 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Grahame, Kenneth (1859–1932), writer and secretary of the Bank of England, was born on 8 March 1859 at 32 Castle Street, Edinburgh, the second son and third of four children of James Cunningham Grahame (1830–1887), advocate, and his wife, Elizabeth (Bessie; 1837–1864), daughter of ...

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Head, Alice Maud (1886–1981), journalist and businesswoman, was born on 3 May 1886 at 138 High Street, Notting Hill, London, the younger daughter of Frank Dearden Head, a builder, and his wife, Ada Cove, a schoolteacher. After attending school in Acton she was sent to the ...

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Hill, Aaron (1685–1750), writer and entrepreneur, was born on 10 February 1685 in Beaufort Buildings, the Strand, the eldest son of George Hill, an attorney of Whitchurch Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Declining family fortunes forced George Hill to sell his estate in 1707. Ann Gregory...

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Jefferies, Joyce (c. 1570–1650), moneylender and diarist, was probably born at Ham or Home Castle, Clifton upon Teme, Worcestershire, the only child of Henry Jefferies (d. in or before 1608), gentleman, of that seat and his wife, Anne (d. 1617), daughter of ...

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Mitchell, Charles (1807–1859), advertising agent and publisher of the first British press directory, was born in Norwich and baptized on 22 March 1807 at St Giles's Church, Norwich. He was the son of Robert Mitchell, a fruiterer, and his wife, Letitia, née Moore...

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Moore [née Gobeil], Jane Elizabeth [Jeanne Elizabet] (b. 1738), writer and businesswoman, was born in London on 30 September 1738, the elder of two daughters of Abraam Gobeil (1711–c.1765), leather manufacturer, and his wife, Jeanne Marie (c.1719–1741), eldest daughter of ...

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Eimar Ultan O'Duffy (1893–1935) by Lafayette, 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London