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Francis Egerton, third duke of Bridgewater (1736–1803) by Peter Rouw, 1803 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Egerton, Francis, third duke of Bridgewater (1736–1803), canal promoter and colliery owner, was born on 21 May 1736 and baptized the following month at St James's, Piccadilly, London. He was the youngest of eleven children of Scroop Egerton, first duke of Bridgewater (1681–1745)...


Griffith, Richard (1752–1820), politician and canal promoter, was born on 10 June 1752 at Abbey Street, Dublin, one of the two children of Richard Griffith (d. 1788), novelist and playwright, and his wife, Elizabeth Griffith (1727–1793), a more successful novelist and playwright and the daughter of ...


Smith, George Samuel Fereday (1812–1891), industrialist and canal manager, was born on 7 May 1812, at Tipton, Staffordshire, the elder son of the ironmaster Richard Smith (d. 1868), and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Fereday, the most prominent ironmaster of the region. ...