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Richard Arkwright (1755–1843) by Ramsay Richard Reinagle, 1813 Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)

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Arkwright, Richard (1755–1843), cotton manufacturer and landowner, was born on 19 December 1755 at Bolton, Lancashire, the only son of Sir Richard Arkwright (1732–1792), cotton manufacturer, and his wife, Patience (d. 1756), daughter of Robert Holt. In 1780 he married Mary (...

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Blackett, Sir William, first baronet (1657–1705), landowner and mine owner, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne on 5 April 1657. He was the eighth child and third surviving son of Sir William Blackett, also first baronet (1621–1680), and his first wife, Elizabeth (...

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William Cavendish, seventh duke of Devonshire (1808–1891) by George Frederic Watts, 1883 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Cavendish, William, seventh duke of Devonshire (1808–1891), landowner and industrialist, was born on 27 April 1808, in Charles Street, Berkeley Square, London, the eldest of the four children of William Cavendish (1783–1812) and his wife, the Hon. Louisa O'Callaghan (d. 1863), eldest daughter of ...

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Cross, Herbert Shepherd (1847–1916), bleacher and landowner, was born on 1 January 1847, at Mortfield, Halliwell, Bolton, Lancashire, the third surviving son of Thomas Cross (1805–1879), a bleacher, cotton spinner, and banker, of Bolton, and his first wife, Ellen, the daughter of Joseph Mann...

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Delaval family (per. c. 1520–1752), landowners and industrialists of Hartley and Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, were descended from immigrants who arrived in England at or just after the Norman conquest and acquired land in the area of Hartley in the twelfth century. Thus by about 1219 ...

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Fuller family (per. c. 1650–1803), gun-founders and landowners, came to prominence with John [i] Fuller (1617–1679), the son of Samuel Fuller, of Waldron, Sussex, and his wife, Joan, daughter of Stephen French, of Chiddingly, Sussex. He married Ann, the daughter of John Nutt...

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Hanbury, John (1664?–1734), landowner and ironmaster, was born at Gloucester, where he was probably baptized at St Nicholas's Church; he was the eldest son of Capel Hanbury (d. 1704) and his first wife, Elizabeth, the daughter of William Capel of Barnwood, Gloucestershire...

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Hodgkinson, William (1661/2–1731), merchant and landowner, was probably born at Overton in the parish of Ashover, Derbyshire, where he was baptized on 2 April 1662; he was the second son of George Hodgkinson (d. 1692) of Overton and his wife, Anne. George Hodgkinson's...

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Lowther, Sir Christopher, first baronet (1611–1644), merchant and landowner, born in early 1611 at Skirwith Hall, Kirkland parish, Skirwith, Cumberland, and baptized on 4 May 1611, was the second son of Sir John Lowther (1582–1637), lawyer and landowner, of Lowther Hall, Westmorland, and ...

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Lowther, Sir William (bap. 1612, d. 1688), merchant and landowner, of Swillington, Yorkshire, baptized at Holy Trinity Church, Kendal, Westmorland, on 28 September 1612, was the third son of Sir John Lowther (1582–1637), of Lowther Hall, Westmorland, and Ellinor Fleming (c.1583–1659)...

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Meyrick, Sir George Eliott Tapps-Gervis-, third baronet (1827–1896), landowner and developer, was born at Dover on 1 September 1827, the only son among the four children of Sir George William Tapps-Gervis, second baronet (1795–1842), and Clara, daughter of Augustus Eliott Fuller, landowner, of ...

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Newdigate, Sir Richard, second baronet (1644–1710), landowner and mining entrepreneur, was born on 5 May 1644, the eighth child and third (but first surviving) son of Richard Newdigate (1602–1678) and his wife, Juliana (c.1610–1685), sister of Sir Francis Leigh, Baron Dunsmore...