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Thomas Foley 1617–1677 by William Trabute, 1670 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Foley family (per. c. 1620–1716), ironmasters and government contractors, traces its origins to Richard [ii] Foley (1579/80–1657), baptized on 28 March 1580 at Dudley, Worcestershire. His father, Richard [i] Foley, was a nailer, an occupation which at this date provided a decent living and in which ...

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Sir John Norton- Griffiths, first baronet (1871–1930) by James Kerr-Lawson © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Griffiths, Sir John Norton-, first baronet (1871–1930), public works contractor, was born on 13 July 1871, at Williton, Somerset, son of John Griffiths (1825–1891), builder, and his wife, Juliet Avery (1831–1926). He was educated at Colet Court, Kensington, and Latymer School, Edmonton. At fifteen he was articled to an architect but soon enlisted in the ...

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John Loudon McAdam (1756–1836) by unknown artist, c. 1830 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McAdam, John Loudon (1756–1836), builder and administrator of roads, was born in the west-coast town of Ayr, at 22 Sandgate, on 21 September 1756, the youngest child and second son of James McAdam of Waterhead (c.1718–1770), and his wife, Susannah Cochrane (...

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McIntosh, Hugh (1768–1840), civil engineering contractor, was born on 4 December 1768 at Milntown of Kildrummie, Nairn, the second son of David McIntosh (c.1730–1790) and Margaret Tolmie. The family had an agricultural background. After a brief education at Inverness he went south in search of work with the canal contractor ...