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Adamson, Daniel (1820–1890), engineer and entrepreneur, was born on 30 April 1820 at Shildon, co. Durham. He was the thirteenth of fifteen children, seven sons and eight daughters, born to Daniel Adamson, landlord of the Grey Horse at Shildon, and his wife, Ann...

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John Derby Allcroft (1822–1893) by Sir Francis Grant, 1873 photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Allcroft, John Derby (1822–1893), glove manufacturer and entrepreneur, was born in Worcester on 19 July 1822, only son and elder child of Jeremiah Macklin Allcroft (1791–1867), who was a partner in the glove manufacturing firm of J. and W. Dent & Co. His mother, ...

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Andrews, William (1835–1914), industrial designer, entrepreneur, and politician, was born in Coventry on 17 March 1835, the only son of three children of James and Isabella Andrews. His father was a Scot, a former regular soldier, and small businessman of Coventry. Andrews attended ...

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Boyd, Hugh (1690–1765), entrepreneur, was born near Ballycastle, Antrim, one of three sons of William Boyd (d. 1727), rector of Ramoan, and Rose, daughter and heir of Daniel MacNeill of Dunaneeny. He married Anne McAlister (1685?–1776), daughter of Rundal McAlister of Kenbaan Castle...

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Clark, Sir Allen George (1898–1962), entrepreneur and industrialist, was born on 24 August 1898 in Brookline, Massachusetts, in the United States of America, the elder child and only son of Byron George Clark, a businessman who travelled extensively in Europe on behalf of the ...

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Cox, James (c. 1723–1800), jeweller and entrepreneur, was born in London, the son of Henry Cox (c.1691–1746), tailor of Broad Street, and his wife, Frances, née Matthews. He was apprenticed in 1738 to Humphry Pugh, goldsmith of Fleet Street and freeman of the ...

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Fisk, Sir Ernest Thomas (1886–1965), entrepreneur and developer of radio, was born on 8 August 1886 at Sunbury, Middlesex, the second child of Thomas Harvey Fisk, builder, and his wife, Charlotte Hariette, née Halland. Educated at St Mary's and Sunbury Boys' schools, Fisk...

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Francis, James Goodall (1819–1884), politician and entrepreneur in Australia, was born in London on 9 January 1819, son of Charles Francis and his wife, Anne, née Smith. In 1834 he arrived in Van Diemen's Land. He obtained work in a hosiery shop in ...

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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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Johnson, Sir Frank William Frederick (1866–1943), entrepreneur and army officer, was born at Watlington, near Downham Market, Norfolk, on 21 June 1866, the son of Frederick William Johnson (bap. 1819, d. 1879) MRCS LSA, general practitioner of Watlington—the son of William Johnson...

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Mackworth, Sir Humphry (1657–1727), industrial entrepreneur and politician, was born in January 1657 at Betton Strange or Grange, Little Betton, Shropshire, the second son of Thomas Mackworth (c.1628–1696), landowner, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Richard Bulkeley of Buntingsdale, Shropshire. The ...

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MacNab, Sir Allan Napier, baronet (1798–1862), politician and entrepreneur in Canada, was born on 19 February 1798 at Newark, Upper Canada (later Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario), the third and first surviving of the seven children of Lieutenant Allan MacNab, a half-pay officer formerly of the ...

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Maude, Francis Cornwallis (1828–1900), army officer and entrepreneur, was born on 28 October 1828 at Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, the eldest son of Francis Maude (1798–1886), a captain in the Royal Navy and the youngest son of Cornwallis Maude, first Viscount Hawarden in the Irish peerage...

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Thomas Sutcliffe Mort (1816–1878) by unknown photographer Government Printing Office collection, State Library of New South Wales

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Mort, Thomas Sutcliffe (1816–1878), entrepreneur in Australia, was born at Bolton, Lancashire, on 23 December 1816, the fourth of six children and the second son of Jonathan Mort (d. 1834) and his wife, Mary, née Sutcliffe. After his father's death the family was in financial difficulty and ...

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Sir Hugh Myddelton, baronet (1556x60?60–1631) by Cornelius Johnson, 1628 The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Mary Frick Jacobs Collection, BMA 1938.196

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Myddelton [Middleton], Sir Hugh, baronet (1556x60?–1631), goldsmith and entrepreneur, was born probably between 1555 and 1560 at Galch Hill in the parish of Henllan, Denbighshire, north Wales. He was the sixth son of the nine sons and seven daughters of Richard Myddelton (...

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Paley, Richard (bap. 1746, d. 1808), industrialist and entrepreneur, was born in Langcliffe, Giggleswick, and baptized on 10 August 1746 at Giggleswick parish church in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the second of the four children of George Paley (1721–1765), a freeholder, of ...