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Balfour, Jabez Spencer (1843–1916), company promoter and politician, was born in Marylebone, Middlesex, on 4 September 1843, the younger son of James Balfour (1796–1884) and Clara Lucas Balfour (1808–1878), who were prominent workers in the mid-Victorian temperance movement. Balfour's career is best understood in the context of the increasingly prominent part played by militant middle-class nonconformists in the business world, in the ...

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Barstow, Sir George Lewis (1874–1966), civil servant and business executive, was born in India on 20 May 1874, the second son of Henry Clements Barstow (1838–1902) of the Indian Civil Service, and his wife, Cecilia Clementina, daughter of the Hon. and Revd John Baillie...

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Batchelor, John (1820–1883), politician and businessman, was born on 10 April in Newport, Monmouthshire, the second son among the twelve children of Benjamin Batchelor, a timber merchant and shipbuilder. He was educated locally in a private school before being apprenticed to his father. He subsequently visited shipyards in ...

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See Campbell, George Douglas, eighth duke of Argyll in the peerage of Scotland, and first duke of Argyll in the peerage of the United Kingdom

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Davies, John Emerson Harding (1916–1979), business executive and politician, was born on 8 January 1916 at Blackheath, London, the younger son and second of the two children of Arnold Thomas Davies, a chartered accountant, and his wife, Edith Minnie Malchus Harding. John had Welsh, Scottish, and Armenian ancestry. He boarded at ...

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Jean Denton, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001) by Nick Sinclair, 1992 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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Durie, Sir Alexander Charles [Alec] (1915–2001), businessman and public servant, was born on 15 July 1915 at The Green, Watchet, Somerset, the elder son of Charles Durie, highway engineer and county surveyor, and his wife, Margaret Mary, née Gardner. He was educated at ...

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Griffiths, Sir (Ernest) Roy (1926–1994), businessman and government adviser, was born on 8 July 1926 in Staffordshire, the son of Ernest Griffiths, miner, and his wife, Florence, a teacher. Both his grandfathers were miners. He attended Wolstanton grammar school and won a scholarship to ...

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Jones, Benjamin (1847–1942), co-operative movement activist and manager, was born on 9 September 1847 in Salford, Lancashire, the son of Reuben Jones, a dyer's labourer, and Mary, née Brazier, who worked as a power-loom weaver. Jones entered employment at the age of nine, working as an errand-boy and bookkeeper before joining the ...

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Maguire, James Rochfort (1855–1925), company director and imperialist, was born at Kilkeedy, co. Limerick, on 4 October 1855, the second son of John Mulock Maguire, rector of Kilkeedy, and his wife, Anne Jane, née Humphreys. He was educated at Cheltenham College and at ...

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James Rochfort Maguire (1855–1925) by unknown engraver, pubd 1895 (after Walery) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Malcolm, Sir Dougal Orme (1877–1955), colonial administrator and company director, was born on 6 August 1877 at Walton Manor in Epsom, Surrey, the younger son of William Rolle Malcolm (b. 1840), senior partner of Coutts's Bank, and his first wife, Georgina Wellesley (...

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Sir Dougal Orme Malcolm (1877–1955) by Walter Stoneman, 1938 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Marcroft, William (1822–1894), co-operative movement activist and company promoter, was born on 15 July 1822 at Box Cottage, Fog Lane, Middleton, Lancashire, the illegitimate son of Sally Marcroft (1801–1841), a farm servant, and Richard Howarth, a weaver. Shortly after his birth he and his mother moved to ...

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See Bebb [married name Thomson], Gwyneth Marjory

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Salmon, Brian Lawson (1917–2001), businessman and public servant, was born on 30 June 1917 at 127 Oakwood Court, Kensington, London, the son of Julius Salmon, caterer, then serving as a lieutenant on the army staff, and his wife, Emma Constance, née Gluckstein. He was a member of a talented, entrepreneurial Jewish family, linked in marriage and business with the ...

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Hartley William Shawcross, Baron Shawcross (1902–2003) by unknown photographer, 1946 Getty Images

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Shawcross, Hartley William, Baron Shawcross (1902–2003), barrister, politician, and businessman, was born on 4 February 1902 at Giessen, a small university town in Germany, the elder son (there were no daughters) of John Shawcross (1871–1966), lecturer in English literature at Giessen, and his Danish wife, ...

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Taylor, Thomas Johnston [Tom], Baron Taylor of Gryfe (1912–2001), businessman and public servant, was born on 27 April 1912 at 52 Lambhill Street, Glasgow, the son of John Sharp Taylor (d. 1915), engine fitter and organizing secretary of the Independent Labour Party...