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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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Anderson, Janet (1697–1761), milliner and maker of graveclothes, was born on 1 January 1697 and baptized in Edinburgh two days later. She was the daughter of James Anderson (1662–1728), clerk to the signet and author of Diplomata Scotiae, and Jean Ellis or Ellies (...

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Arthur, James (1819–1885), clothing retailer and manufacturer, was born on 6 March 1819 in Arthurlie, near Paisley, Renfrewshire, one of the two sons of Matthew Arthur (b. 1795), a bleachworks proprietor near Neilston, Renfrewshire, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Fraser. In 1837, after serving a brief apprenticeship in a draper's shop in ...

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Asser, Ernest (1863–1931), shirtmaker, was born at 4 Roseberry Villas, Tufnell Park, London, on 3 August 1863, the son of James Asser, cutler, and his wife, Frances, née Thirtle. In 1885 he was a salesman in a shop supplying hosiery and gloves which opened that year in the name of ...

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Barbour, John (1849–1918), clothing manufacturer, was born on 9 March 1849 at Bogue Farm, Dalry, Kirkcudbrightshire, formerly part of the Lochinvar estate, one of twin sons of James Barbour (d. in or after 1871), a prosperous farmer, and his wife, Agnes, née...

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Barnard, Joseph Edwin (1868–1949), hatter and microscopist, was born on 7 December 1868 at 321 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico, London, the son of Walter Barnard, hatter, and his wife, Elizabeth Phillips Jacob. He was educated at the City of London School, leaving at the age of sixteen as head boy. He entered his father's firm, with premises at ...

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Barran family (per. c. 1842–1952), clothing manufacturers, came to prominence with Sir John Barran first baronet (1821–1905), who was born on 3 August 1821 at New Wandsworth, Surrey, the son of John Barran, a London gunmaker and his wife, Elizabeth Fletcher...

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Biggs, John (1801–1871), hosier and political reformer, was born at Leicester, first of the seven children of John Biggs (1774–1827), hosier, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Heggs (1780–1862), of Arnesby, Leicestershire. By the time his father died in 1827 the firm of John Biggs & Sons...

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Henry James Boland (1887–1922) by unknown photographer, 1919 Getty Images

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Boland, Henry James [Harry] (1887–1922), tailor's cutter and Irish revolutionary, was born on 27 April 1887 at 6 Dalymount Terrace, Phibsborough Road, north Dublin, the third of five children of James Henry Boland (1856–1895), paving overseer for the Dublin corporation, and Catherine (...

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Bowler, William (1808–1878), hatter and feltmaker, was born on 25 January 1808 in Denton, Lancashire, and baptized there on 20 March, one of nine children of William Bowler, hatter, and his wife, Esther, née Catlow, who had married in Manchester Cathedral in 1798. The family descended from a long line of hatters in the ...

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(Josephine) Esther Bruce (1912–1994) by Sandra Knight photograph © Sandra Knight; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bruce, (Josephine) Esther (1912–1994), seamstress, was born on 29 November 1912 at 15 Dieppe Street, Fulham, London, the only surviving daughter of Joseph Adolphus Bruce (1880–1941), builder's labourer and coach painter, originally from British Guiana, and his Scottish wife, Edith (d. 1918)...