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White family (per. 1795–1846), shipowners and merchants of Sunderland, first came to prominence through John White (1764–1833), who was born at Monkwearmouth, co. Durham, and began his working life as a cooper in the 1780s. During the French wars White diversified his business activities into shipowning to take advantage of boom conditions in this sector, and by 1814 he had accumulated a fleet of ...

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Wigram, Sir Robert, first baronet (1744–1830), merchant and shipbuilder, was born on 30 January 1744 in Wexford, Ireland, son of John Wigram (d. 1746) of Wexford, merchant and master of the privateer Boyne, and his wife and cousin Mary, daughter of Robert Clifford...

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Wyatt, James (1690/91–1767), merchant and shipbuilder, was born in the Hythe area of Southampton and probably in that part of Hythe then in the parish of Dibden. Details of his parents are obscure; however, Wyatt is known to have had one elder brother, ...