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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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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 ...