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Boulton, Matthew (1728–1809), manufacturer and entrepreneur, was born on 14 September 1728 at New Hall Walk, Snow Hill, Birmingham, one of four children, three of whom survived to adulthood, of Matthew Boulton (d. 1759), toy manufacturer and merchant, and his wife, Christiana Piers (...

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Coster family (per. c. 1685–1764), copper smelters, came to prominence with John [ii] Coster (1647–1718). Born probably in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, he was the second of three sons of John [i] Coster (1615–1678), iron-forge manager or smelter in the forest. ...

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Gawthern [née Frost], Abigail Anna (1757–1822), diarist and lead manufacturer, was born on 10 July 1757, probably in Nottingham, the second surviving child of Thomas Frost (1719–1798), a grocer and tallow chandler of Nottingham, and his first wife, Ann (1721–1761), daughter of the ...

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Leathart, James (1820–1895), lead manufacturer and art collector, was born on 25 November 1820 at Hill House, Alston Moor, Alston, Cumberland, the son of John Leathart (b. 1793), mining engineer and lead miner, and Margaret Setree (1792–1870). He attended Alston grammar school...

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Thomas, Richard (1837–1916), tin plate manufacturer, was born at Bridgwater, Somerset, on 5 December 1837, the son of Richard Thomas, shipowner and merchant, of Bridgwater. He was educated at Wesleyan (now Queen's) College, Taunton, until the age of eleven. During his early working life he was employed as a clerk, as an assistant to an uncle who ran a draper's business in ...

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Vivian, John (1750–1826), mining and copper-smelting entrepreneur, was born on 9 January 1750 in Cornwood, Devon, the eldest of four sons of Thomas Vivian, vicar of Cornwood and writer on religion and science, and his wife, Mary, daughter of John Hussey, barrister, and sister of ...

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Winfield, Robert Walter (1799–1869), brass manufacturer, was born in Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 4 April 1799, the third son of John Winfield, who enjoyed a private income, though was formerly a merchant. His family, which could be traced back to Leicestershire in the seventeenth century, had acquired both money and its own family crest. His grandfather ...