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Cornelius Walford

Reviser Robert Brown

Brown, Samuel (1811–1875), actuary and statistician, was born in London on 24 March 1811, the second son in the family of five sons and two daughters of John Aquila Brown (d. 1830), a silversmith, and his wife, Ann Eliza, née Truss (...

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Cleghorn, James (1778–1838), actuary and author, was born at Duns, Berwickshire. Although lame from birth, he was for some time a farmer, but in 1811 he moved to Edinburgh where he edited the Farmer's Magazine. In 1817 William Blackwood appointed Cleghorn and Thomas Pringle...

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G. C. Boase

Reviser Robert Brown

Davies, Griffith (1788–1855), actuary, son of Owen Davies (1761–1854), farmer and quarryman, and his wife, Mary William, was born at Tŷ Croes, at the foot of Cilgwyn Mountain, in the parish of Llandwrog, Caernarvonshire, on 28 December 1788. He was taught to read and spell in Welsh at the ...

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Deuchar, John James Walker (1851–1911), actuary and insurance company manager, was born on 24 September 1851 in Edinburgh, the youngest of five sons of John Deuchar (1786–1863), lecturer in chemistry at Edinburgh University, and his wife, Jane, daughter of James Walker, a publisher in ...

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G. J. Gray

Reviser Anita McConnell

Dodson, James (c. 1705–1757), mathematician and actuary, was the son of John Dodson (b. 1675), citizen and freeman of the Merchant Taylors' Company, and his wife, Elizabeth, who died shortly after his birth. His grandfather, also John Dodson, was a tailor of ...

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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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Frend, William (1757–1841), religious writer and actuary, was born on 22 November 1757 at Canterbury, the second son of George Frend, wine merchant, alderman, and twice mayor of the city, and his wife, Catherine (d. 1763). His mother died when he was five years old, and his father married, on 25 September 1764, ...

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William Frend (1757–1841) by A. Birrell, pubd 1793 (after Sylvester Harding, 1789) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gray, Peter (1807/8–1887), actuary and mathematician, was born at Aberdeen. Little is known about his origins, but he was educated at Gordon's Hospital (subsequently Gordon's College) and at Aberdeen University for two years. He developed a passion for mathematics and, in order to assist the work of a friend, took a special interest in the study of life contingencies. This led to honorary membership of the ...

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Marks, Geoffrey (1864–1938), actuary and insurance company manager, was born on 15 November 1864 at Beddington, near Mitcham, Surrey, the third of five sons of John George Marks, sherry shipper of Croydon, and his wife, Sarah, née Walker. He was educated at Whitgift Grammar School, Croydon...

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William Morgan (1750–1833) by Charles Turner, pubd 1830 (after Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1818) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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D. L. Thomas

Reviser Robin Pearson

Morgan, William (1750–1833), actuary, was born on 26 May 1750 at Bridgend, Glamorgan, the third of the eight children of William Morgan (1708–1772), physician of Bridgend, and his wife, Sarah, née Price (1726–1803), sister of the well-known radical and writer Richard Price (1723–1791)...

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Ratcliffe, Henry (1808–1877), actuary and friendly society administrator, was born at Tyldesley, Lancashire, on 4 November 1808. Nothing is known about his origins, except that he had one brother. Henry spent his whole career with one friendly society, the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows...

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Alexander Gordon

Reviser C. A. Creffield

Smith, William (1816–1896), actuary and translator, was born in Liverpool of Scottish parents on 30 December 1816. His father died while he was an infant, and he was brought up in Edinburgh by his maternal grandfather, Robert Cumming, who, though a descendant of ...