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Charles Attwood (1791–1875) by unknown artist © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Attwood, Charles (1791–1875), ironmaster, was born on 25 January 1791 at Hawne House near Halesowen, the sixth of seven sons and eighth of ten surviving children of Matthias Attwood (1746–1836) and his wife, Ann (1752–1835), daughter of Thomas Adams of Cakemore near Halesowen...

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Bacon, Anthony (bap. 1717, d. 1786), merchant and ironmaster, the son of William Bacon and his wife, Elizabeth Richardson, was baptized at St Bees, Cumberland, on 24 January 1717. His father and grandfather Thomas were ships' captains in the coal trade between Whitehaven...

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Bolckow, Henry William Ferdinand (1806–1878), ironmaster, was born at Sulten, Mecklenburg, Germany, on 8 December 1806, the son of Heinrich Bölckow, of Varchow, Mecklenburg, and his wife, Caroline Dussher. He had at least five sisters and a brother. About 1821 his parents placed him in a merchant's office at ...

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Jonathan Buttall (1752–1805) by Thomas Gainsborough, c. 1770 [The blue boy] courtesy of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California

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Buttall, Jonathan (1752–1805), ironmonger, the possible subject of Thomas Gainsborough's painting The Blue Boy, was the eldest of the three sons of Jonathan Buttall (d. 1768), ironmonger, and Elizabeth, née Higgins (d. 1780). He was probably born at the family's house in ...

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Copley, Lionel (d. 1675), ironmaster, was the younger son of William Copley of Wadworth (d. 1658), and Ann (d. 1645), daughter of Gervase Cressy of Birkin. His paternal great-grandfather, Sir William Copley, had acquired the Sprotborough estate in the West Riding of Yorkshire...

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Richard Crawshay (1739–1810) by unknown artist, c. 1800 © National Museums and Galleries of Wales

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Crawshay, Richard (1739–1810), ironmaster and merchant, was born in Normanton, Yorkshire, the first child of William Crawshay (1713–1766), a farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth (1714–1774), née Nicholson. He had three sisters. According to family tradition a bitter quarrel with his father led to the sixteen-year-old ...

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Crawshay, Robert Thompson (1817–1879), ironmaster, was born at Cyfarthfa, Merthyr Tudful, Glamorgan, on 8 March 1817, the second of the nine children of William Crawshay (1788–1867), ironmaster, and his second wife, Isabel Thompson (d. 1827). He was educated at Dr Prichard's school...

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Crawshay, William (1788–1867), ironmaster, born on 27 March 1788, was the second son of William Crawshay (1764–1834) and his wife, Eliza. He had two brothers and two sisters. He was from the age of twenty-two the manager of his father's ironworks at Cyfarthfa...

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Crawshay, William (1764–1834), ironmaster and merchant, was the only son, in a family of one son and three daughters, of the ironmaster Richard Crawshay (1739–1810) and his wife, Mary Bourne (1745–1811). Little is known of Crawshay's early life and education, only that he joined his father's business as a young man. It was the beginning of a tempestuous career. Like his father, ...

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Crowley, Sir Ambrose (1658–1713), ironmaster, was born in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, on 1 February 1658, the only son of Ambrose Crowley (bap. 1635, d. 1720) and his first wife, Mary Hall (d. in or after 1658), the daughter of Thomas Hall of ...

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Dudley, Dud (1600?–1684), ironmaster, was probably born in spring 1600, the fourth illegitimate son of Edward Sutton, fifth Baron Dudley (1567–1643), and his long term 'concubine', Elizabeth Tomlinson (d. 1629). He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, from 1619 to 1622. ...

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Elliott, Ebenezer [called the Corn Law Rhymer] (1781–1849), poet and bar-iron merchant, was born on 17 March 1781 in the new foundry of Masbrough in the parish of Rotherham, Yorkshire, one of eleven children (of whom eight reached maturity) of Ebenezer Elliott (...

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Ebenezer Elliott (1781–1849) by unknown artist, c. 1840 Rotherham Libraries Museums and Arts Service

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