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Benjamin Aislabie (1774–1842) by Henry Edward Dawe © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aislabie, Benjamin (1774–1842), wine merchant and cricket administrator, was born on 14 January 1774 in Newington Green, Middlesex, the third son, and sixth and last child, of Rawson Aislabie, soap and wine merchant of Newington Green, and his wife, Frances Rayson, of Dunham, Nottinghamshire...

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Bell, Arthur (1825–1900), wine and spirit merchant, was born on 30 November 1825 at Surrey Square, London, the seventh of fifteen children of Robert Fitzroy Bell, a general agent, and his first wife, Hannah Bruce.

Nothing is known about Bell's upbringing but by the late 1840s he was employed as a traveller by ...

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Burgoyne, Peter Bond (1844–1929), wine merchant, was born on 7 February 1844 at Dodbrook, Kingsbridge, Devon, the son of John Trist Burgoyne (c.1812–1856), beer and porter merchant, and his wife, Mary Ann Bond (c.1808–1854). Of his early years and education nothing is known, but in 1858, two years after his father's death, ...

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Campbell, Lorne Maclaine, of Airds (1902–1991), army officer and wine merchant, was born at The Airds, Argyll, Scotland, on 22 July 1902, the eldest of the three sons of Colonel (Ian) Maxwell Campbell of Airds (1870–1954), army officer and wine merchant, and his wife, ...

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W. P. Courtney

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Croft, John (1732–1820), wine merchant and antiquary, was born on 29 February 1732 at Stillington, Yorkshire, the fifth son of Stephen Croft (1683–1733) and Elizabeth (d. 1771), daughter of Sir Edmund Anderson, fourth baronet (bap. 1629, d. 1703). The Crofts were part of a long-established, aristocratic, wealthy landowning ...

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Forrester, Joseph James (1809–1861), wine merchant and topographer, was born at Kingston upon Hull on 27 May 1809, the only son of Patrick Forrester (1772–1846), jeweller and goldsmith, and his wife, Sarah, née Weddell (1777–1856). Nothing is known of his early years, but in 1831 he went to ...

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Gilbey, Sir Walter, first baronet (1831–1914), wine merchant and horse breeder, was born on 2 May 1831 at Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, the sixth son of Henry Gilbey, coach proprietor, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of William Bailey of Stansted, Essex. Educated at Bishop's Stortford grammar school...

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Kennett, Brackley (c. 1713–1782), wine merchant and local politician, was born in Putney, Surrey, the son of John ‘Kinnick’, a waterman in Putney. Little is known about his business career, but it is likely that he began working on the rougher side of the tavern trade. He emerged as a wine merchant in ...

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Kenton, Benjamin (1719–1800), wine merchant and philanthropist, was born on 19 November 1719 at Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London, the son of Benjamin Kenton and his wife, Mary, who kept a small greengrocer's shop. He was educated at the parish charity school and at fifteen he was apprenticed to the landlord of the ...

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Joseph Jackson Lister (1786–1869) by Maull & Co. Heritage Images Partnership

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Lister, Joseph Jackson (1786–1869), wine merchant and microscopist, was born on 11 January 1786 in Lothbury, City of London, the only son of John Lister, a wine merchant, and his wife, Mary Jackson (d. 1808). His parents were members of the Society of Friends...

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Prest, William (1830–1885), football administrator and wine merchant, was born in York, probably on 1 April 1830, one of five sons of John Prest, a successful merchant in the city, and his wife, Arabella. He attended private schools in York from c.1840 to 1848. His father bought ...

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Roche, James (1770–1853), wine merchant, banker, and antiquary, was born in Cork on 30 December 1770, the third son of Stephen Roche and his wife, Sarah, daughter of John O'Brien of Moyvanine and Glounties, Limerick. From the age of fifteen, Roche was educated in ...

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Teacher, William (1810/11–1876), wine and spirit merchant, was probably born in Paisley, the son of a sailor called Teacher and his wife, Margaret Frame. William's father was lost at sea before his first birthday, and his mother worked in a cotton mill at ...

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Joshua Watson (1771–1855) by William Overend Geller (after Sir William Charles Ross) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Watson, Joshua (1771–1855), wine merchant and Anglican philanthropist, was born on 9 May 1771 at Tower Hill, City of London, the second son of John Watson (d. 1821), a wine merchant of Tower Hill, and of Dorothy Robson, a cousin of the watercolour painter ...

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Watt, Robert (1761x8–1794), wine merchant and conspirator, was the illegitimate son of a 'respectable gentleman', and was brought up by a succession of guardians. He was educated at the Perth Academy, and moved about 1785 to Edinburgh to seek his fortune. Following a period as a clerk, and a failed attempt to forge a literary career, ...

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Whitefoord, Caleb (1734–1810), wine merchant and diplomatist, was born in Edinburgh, the natural son of Charles Whitefoord (d. 1753), an army officer descended from a titled Ayrshire family. He was educated at John Mundell's school in Edinburgh, showing great skill in classics, and at ...