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Mary Ann Baxter (1801–1884) by Edward Hughes, 1883 University of Dundee Archive Services

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Baxter, Mary Ann (1801–1884), benefactor, was born on 4 May 1801 at Dundee, the seventh child of eight surviving children of William Baxter (1767–1854), linen merchant and manufacturer, and his wife, Betty or Elisabeth Gorell (d. 1804), daughter of Edward Gorell of ...

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Albert Mansbridge (1876–1952) by John Mansbridge, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mansbridge, Albert (1876–1952), founder of the Workers' Educational Association, was born in Albert Cottages, India House Lane, Gloucester, on 10 January 1876, the youngest of the four sons of Thomas Mansbridge (d. 1911) and his wife, Frances Thomas (d. 1902). The family, active co-operators and Congregationalists, moved to ...

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Rylands [née Tennant], Enriqueta Augustina (1843–1908), founder of the John Rylands Library, Manchester, was born on 31 May 1843 in Havana, Cuba, one of the five children of Stephen Cattley Tennant (1800–1848), a partner in a Liverpool mercantile firm, and Juana Camila Dalcour (1818–1855)...

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Stewart, Sir Halley (1838–1937), businessman, benefactor, and politician, was born at Barnet in Hertfordshire on 18 January 1838, the tenth child and fifth son of Alexander Stewart, Congregational minister, of Barnet, and his wife, Ann Kezia, née White. Like his brothers before him, he went to his father's school at ...

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Sir Henry Tate, first baronet (1819–1899) by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1897 © Tate, London, 2004

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Tate, Sir Henry, first baronet (1819–1899), sugar refiner and benefactor, was born at Chorley in Lancashire on 11 March 1819, the eleventh child of the Revd William Tate (1773–1836), and his wife, Agnes, daughter of Nathaniel Booth of Gildestone, Yorkshire. Tate's parents had twelve children in all, four having died before ...

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Townsend, John (1757–1826), benefactor, was born in Whitechapel, London, on 24 March 1757, the son of Benjamin and Margaret Townsend. His father, a pewterer, was disinherited for his attachment to the Calvinistic Methodist leader George Whitefield and, as a result, the family lived a '...

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Williams, Sir John, baronet (1840–1926), physician and benefactor, was born on 6 November 1840 at his maternal grandparents' home, Bailey Farm, Gwynfe, Carmarthenshire; he moved to his nearby family, semi-upland, tenant-holding farm of Blaenllynant when he was a few weeks old. His parents had married in 1833 and ...

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Sir George Alfred Wills, first baronet (1854–1928) by unknown photographer by kind permission of Imperial Tobacco

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Wills, Sir George Alfred, first baronet (1854–1928), tobacco manufacturer and benefactor, was born at Rusholme Villas, Victoria Road, Kingsdown, Bristol, on 3 June 1854, the eldest son of Henry Overton Wills (1828–1911), tobacco manufacturer, of Kelston Knoll, near Bath, and his wife, Alice Hopkinson...

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Wilson, Thomas (1764–1843), benefactor, was born on 11 November 1764 at Wood Street, Cheapside, London, the seventh child of Thomas Wilson (1731–1794) and his wife, Mary (1729–1816), daughter of John Remington of Coventry. Daniel Wilson (1778–1858), bishop of Calcutta was his first cousin. ...