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Boddington, Samuel (1766–1843), West India merchant, slave owner, and collector, was born in London on 17 June 1766, the second son of Benjamin Boddington (d. 1791), a London West India merchant, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Samuel Rickards, a haberdasher of ...

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Cottle, Joseph (1770–1853), bookseller and author, was born on 9 March 1770 in Barton Alley, Bristol, second of the seven children of Robert (d. 1800) and Sarah Cottle (1739–1813) from Trowbridge; Amos Simon Cottle was his elder brother. Robert, descended from a Cornish gentry family, was a tailor and draper in ...

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Dunsford, Martin (1744–1807), serge maker and antiquary, was born on 2 February 1744 in Tiverton, Devon, the eldest son of Martin Dunsford (1711–1763), serge maker, and his wife, Anne Stone (d. 1798). He was taught at home by his father until he was eight, when he was sent to ...

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Edwin, Sir Humphrey (1642–1707), merchant and local politician, was born at Hereford, only son (there were also two daughters) of William Edwin and his wife, Anne, of the family of Mansfield. William Edwin was a Welsh felt-maker from Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, who moved to ...

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Sir James Tynte Agg- Gardner (1846–1928) by James Russell & Sons, 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gardner, Sir James Tynte Agg- (1846–1928), brewer and politician, was born on 25 November 1846, at Cheltenham, the elder son of James Agg-Gardner (1804–1858) and his wife, Eulalie Emily (1819–1901), the fifth daughter and coheir of William Richard Hopkins-Northey. He had one brother and a sister. His father took the additional surname after his patronymic of ...

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Ibbetson, Sir Henry, first baronet (1708–1761), cloth merchant, was born in Leeds, the third surviving son of James Ibbetson (1674–1739) and his wife, Elizabeth, the coheir of Dr John Nicholson, York's premier medical practitioner in the late seventeenth century. Ibbetson was a fourth-generation cloth merchant and a member of one of the town's leading merchant dynasties. His father had made a large fortune in exporting ...

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Milner, William (1662–1740), woollen cloth merchant, was born on 29 November 1662 at Leeds, the third and youngest son of William Milner of Leeds, a merchant. Of dissenting stock, he recalled towards the end of his long life that he had enjoyed a '...

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Sir John Moore (bap. 1620, d. 1702) by James Macardell (after John Closterman) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Moore, Sir John (bap. 1620, d. 1702), merchant and local politician, the second son of Charles Moore (d. 1654) and his wife, Cicely Yates, was baptized at Norton, near Twycross, Leicestershire, on 11 June 1620. His father, who had six children, was descended from the ...

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Moore, Thomas (1700?–1788), hosier and carpet-maker, was born in Dulverton, Somerset. Nothing is known of his family except the existence of a sister, Grace, who married John Norman of Winsford, Somerset, and predeceased her brother leaving two sons, James and William. William...

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Morris, Corbyn (1710–1779), customs administrator and economist, is a figure about whose origins and early life nothing is known. He was probably the son of Edmund Morris and his wife, Margaret, and baptized at Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, on 19 August 1710. He first attracted notice by the publication in 1741 of ...

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Quincy, John (d. 1722), apothecary and physician, was apprenticed to an apothecary, and afterwards practised as an apothecary in London. He was a dissenter and a whig, a friend of Richard Mead, and an enemy of John Woodward. In 1717 he published a ...

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Wood, Sir Matthew, first baronet (1768–1843), druggist and politician, was born at Tiverton on 2 June 1768, the eldest of the ten children of William Wood (1738–1809), serge maker, and his wife, Catherine, née Cluse (d. 1798). Matthew, who was brought up as a dissenter, received a brief education at ...