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Edmonds, Thomas Rowe (1803–1889), actuary and political economist, was born on 20 June 1803 in Penzance, the third of seven children of Richard Edmonds (1774–1860), solicitor, and town clerk of Marazion, Cornwall, and his wife, Elizabeth (1770–1840), daughter of Thomas Nicholas and his wife, ...

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Finlaison, John (1783–1860), civil servant and government actuary, was born on 27 August 1783 at Thurso, Caithness, the eldest son of Donald Finlayson (1761–1790), fisherman, who had six children, and his wife, Isobel Guthrie, née Sutherland (b. 1761). His parents were both Scottish. As a youth ...

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May, George Ernest, first Baron May (1871–1946), insurance official and government adviser, was born on 20 June 1871 at Cheshunt, the younger son of William C. May, grocer and wine merchant, and his wife, Julia Ann Mole. He was educated at Cranleigh School...

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George Ernest May, first Baron May (1871–1946) by Walter Stoneman, 1918 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McArthur, Charles (1844–1910), politician and writer on marine insurance, born at Kingsdown, Bristol, in May 1844, was the son of Charles McArthur of Port Glasgow and his wife, Harriet. Educated at Bristol grammar school, McArthur entered the Liverpool office of North, Ewing & Co....

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Watson, Sir Alfred William (1870–1936), actuary and civil servant, was born at 11 James Street, Bristol, on 11 March 1870, son of Alfred Reuben Watson (b. 1845), violinist and composer, who became musical director of the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, and his wife, ...