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Assheton, Ralph, first Baron Clitheroe (1901–1984), politician and businessman, was born at Downham Hall, Clitheroe, on 24 February 1901, the second of four children and only son of Sir Ralph Cockayne Assheton, first baronet (1860–1955), of Downham Hall, and his wife, Mildred Estelle Sybella (...

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Balfour, Jabez Spencer (1843–1916), company promoter and politician, was born in Marylebone, Middlesex, on 4 September 1843, the younger son of James Balfour (1796–1884) and Clara Lucas Balfour (1808–1878), who were prominent workers in the mid-Victorian temperance movement. Balfour's career is best understood in the context of the increasingly prominent part played by militant middle-class nonconformists in the business world, in the ...

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Batchelor, John (1820–1883), politician and businessman, was born on 10 April in Newport, Monmouthshire, the second son among the twelve children of Benjamin Batchelor, a timber merchant and shipbuilder. He was educated locally in a private school before being apprenticed to his father. He subsequently visited shipyards in ...

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Bessell, Peter Joseph (1921–1985), politician and businessman, was born on 24 August 1921 at Elm Bank Nursing Home, Bath, the only son of Joseph Edgar Bessell, tailor, and his wife, Olive Simons Hawkins. His parents divorced in 1926 and Bessell was brought up by his father. Educated at ...

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Bignold, Sir Samuel (1791–1875), businessman and politician, was born on 13 October 1791, the third son in the family of three sons and three daughters of Thomas Bignold (1761–1835), businessman, and his wife, Sarah (1752–1821), widow of Julius Long and daughter of Samuel Cocksedge...

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Bowater, Sir Thomas Vansittart, first baronet (1862–1938), businessman and politician, was born on 20 October 1862 at Cheetham Hill, Manchester, the eldest child in the family of seven sons and two daughters of William Vansittart Bowater (1838–1907), paper merchant and agent, and his wife, ...

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Davies, John Emerson Harding (1916–1979), business executive and politician, was born on 8 January 1916 at Blackheath, London, the younger son and second of the two children of Arnold Thomas Davies, a chartered accountant, and his wife, Edith Minnie Malchus Harding. John had Welsh, Scottish, and Armenian ancestry. He boarded at ...

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Jean Denton, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001) by Nick Sinclair, 1992 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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Eccles, David McAdam, first Viscount Eccles (1904–1999), businessman and politician, was born on 18 September 1904 at 124 Harley Street, London, the third of four sons and the fourth of five children of William McAdam Eccles (1867–1946), surgeon, and his wife, Anna Coralie Anstie (1870–1930)...

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Auckland Campbell Geddes, first Baron Geddes (1879–1954) by Olive Edis, 1916 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Geddes, Auckland Campbell, first Baron Geddes (1879–1954), politician and businessman, was born in London on 21 June 1879, the second of three sons of Auckland (originally Acland) Campbell Geddes (1831–1908), civil engineer, and his wife, Christina Helen Macleod Anderson (1850–1914). He had four sisters, of whom two survived into adulthood. His siblings included ...

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Sir Eric Campbell Geddes (1875–1937) by Howard Coster, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Geddes, Sir Eric Campbell (1875–1937), politician and businessman, was born at Agra, India, on 26 September 1875, the second of five children of Auckland Campbell Geddes (1831–1908), civil engineer, of Edinburgh and his wife, Christina Helen Macleod (1850–1914), daughter of the Revd Alexander Anderson...

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George Hay, first earl of Kinnoull (bap. 1570, d. 1634) by Daniel Mytens, 1633 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Hay, George, first earl of Kinnoull (bap. 1570, d. 1634), politician and entrepreneur, was baptized on 4 December 1570, probably at Megginch, Perthshire, the second son of Peter Hay (d. 1596), laird of Megginch and bailie to his distant kin the earls of Erroll...

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Henry, Mitchell (1826–1910), politician and businessman, was born into a nonconformist family at Ardwick Green, Manchester, the younger son of Alexander Henry, Liberal MP for South Lancashire (1847–52), who died on 4 October 1862, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Brush of ...

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Hinds, John (1862–1928), politician and businessman, was born at Cwnin Farm, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, on 26 July 1862. He was the eldest son of William Hinds and his wife, Mary, née Jones, had four brothers and one sister, and was brought up in a Welsh-speaking environment. His father was a freehold farmer, and the family were nonconformists who worshipped at ...

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Holden, Sir Isaac, first baronet (1807–1897), inventor of a wool-combing machine, entrepreneur, and politician, was born on 7 May 1807 at Hurlet, near Paisley, the seventh child of Isaac Holden (d. 1826) and his wife, Alice, née Forrest. His father, a native of ...