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Hale, William (1797–1870), rocket inventor and entrepreneur, was born on 21 October 1797 in Colchester, Essex, the son of Robert Hale, baker, and his wife, Elizabeth, and may have been descended from Sir Matthew Hale, lord chief justice.

Hale's early education is unknown, but his maternal grandfather, ...

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Harrison family (per. 1715–c. 1790), gun-founders, came to prominence with William Harrison (d. 1745). He and his sons, Andrews and John, were the main suppliers of guns and shot in Britain in the mid-eighteenth century. The origins of William Harrison...

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Schalch, Andrew (1692–1776), gun-founder, was born in Schaffhausen in Switzerland and was trained in Douai arsenal, but little else is known about his early life. He married and had at least two sons and two daughters. At that time Britain was one of the leading producers of iron cannon in the world, and ...