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Hadfield, Sir Robert Abbott, baronet (1858–1940), metallurgist and steel maker, was born in the Vestry Hall, Hilltop, Attercliffe, near Sheffield, on 28 November 1858. He was the only son of Robert Hadfield (1832–1888) and his wife, Marianne Abbott, the daughter of an Oxfordshire...

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Sir Andrew McCance (1889–1983) by Walter Bird, 1966 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McCance, Sir Andrew (1889–1983), steelmaster and metallurgist, was born at 12 Adder Steps, Cadder, Dunbartonshire, on 30 March 1889, the third of four children and younger son of John McCance, a cloth factor, and his wife, Janet Ferguson McGaw. His father subsequently worked for the ...

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Talbot, Benjamin (1864–1947), steel company manager and metallurgist, was born on 19 September 1864 at Hadley, near Wellington, Shropshire, the second son of Benjamin Talbot, engine millwright, and his wife, Emma Isabella, née Todd. He attended Fulneck School, near Leeds, and served his apprenticeship at the ...