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Cooper, John (1833/4–1920), animal trainer, was born in Bread Street, Birmingham, the son of a well-known carrier. Orphaned at the age of ten, he ran away with Hilton's menagerie. After a spell with Manders's menagerie, he became apprenticed to the animal trainer Thomas Batty...

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Shirley, Sewallis Evelyn (1844–1904), politician and founder of the Kennel Club, was born at Ettington Park, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, on 15 July 1844, the only son (there were three daughters) of Evelyn Philip Shirley (1812–1882), landowner, politician, and antiquary, and his wife, ...