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Thomas Richard Allinson (1858–1918) by Ray, pubd 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allinson, Thomas Richard (1858–1918), dietitian and businessman, was born at 43 Rumford Street, Hulme, Lancashire, on 29 March 1858, the son of Thomas Allinson, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Ellen (formerly Sims). He left school at fifteen and, aiming to be a doctor, he subsidized his studies by becoming a chemist's assistant. In 1879 he graduated LRCP (...

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Barrington, John (1764–1824), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 9 October 1764 in Dublin, the first of three children of John Barrington (1723–1784) and his second wife, Mary Anne (fl. 1763–1789), daughter of William Plummer of Enniscorthy, co. Wexford. He was brought up in the Quaker faith to which the ...

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Barrington, Sir Vincent Hunter Barrington Kennett- (1844–1903), humanitarian worker and businessman, was born on 3 September 1844 at Bagna di Lucca, Italy, the eldest son of Vincent Frederick Kennett (b. 1799), a retired captain of the East India Company army, and his wife, ...

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Boot [née Rowe], Florence Annie, Lady Trent (1863–1952), businesswoman and benefactor, was born at 5 Grove Place, St Helier, Jersey, on 29 July 1863, the second daughter of William Henry Rowe and his wife, Margaret Agnes, née Campbell, who conducted a flourishing business as booksellers and stationers in ...

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Thomas Christopher Calvert (1903–1984) by Barbara Drew Wensleydale

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Calvert, Thomas Christopher [Kit] (1903–1984), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 26 April 1903 at Burtersett, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, the oldest of the three sons of John Edward Calvert (1877–1946), quarryman, and his wife, Rose, née Fothergill (1878–1966). Both his parents were natives of the ...

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Cole, Cecil Jackson- (1901–1979), businessman and charity founder, was born on 1 November 1901 at 27 Knox Road, Forest Gate, London, the elder child and only son (there was another son from a later marriage) of Albert Edward Cole, a dealer in new and secondhand furniture, and his wife (who was also his cousin), ...

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Thomas Robinson Ferens (1847–1930) by Frank Dicksee, 1913 Hull Museums, Guildhall

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Ferens, Thomas Robinson (1847–1930), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 4 May 1847 at East Thickley, near Bishop Auckland, the third of the seven children of George Waller Ferens (1817–1893), flour miller, of New Shildon, co. Durham, and his wife, Anne, née Jackson...

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Flavelle, Sir Joseph Wesley, first baronet (1858–1939), businessman and philanthropist in Canada, was born on 15 February 1858 in Peterborough, Canada, the fifth and youngest child of John Flavelle (1823–1882), a clerk, and his wife, Dorothea Dundas (1823–1908), a teacher, who on their marriage in 1847 emigrated from ...

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Goodfellow, Sir William (1880–1974), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 26 May 1880 at Terarauhi, Alexandra, near Te Awamutu in the district of Waikato, New Zealand, the eldest of the six children of Thomas Goodfellow (1854–1938) and his wife, Jane Grace (1856–1950), the daughter of ...

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Gray, Sylvia Mary (1909–1991), businesswoman and women's institute leader, was born on 3 July 1909 at 44 Clifton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, the daughter of Henry Bunting Gray, a racquet maker, members of whose family had been rackets coaches at Rugby School since 1867, and his wife, ...

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Hodge, Sir Julian Stephen Alfred (1904–2004), merchant banker, businessman, and philanthropist, was born on 15 October 1904 at 12 Vicarage Road, Camberwell, London, the son of Alfred Hodge, a journeyman plumber and gas fitter, and his wife, Jane Emily, née Simcock (d...

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Howard [née Bollin; other married names Alpenny, Blanchard], Caroline Cadette (1821–1907), businesswoman and promoter of emigration and employment for women, was born on 3 August 1821, in Richmond, Surrey, the daughter of Charles Bollin, a plumber, and his wife, Ann. Her father, declared bankrupt in 1833, had probably died by 1841, when her mother was recorded as running a lodging house in ...

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Johnson, Robert Alan [Bob] (1940–2001), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 24 September 1940 at St Giles's Hospital, Camberwell, London, the youngest child and only son of Herbert Harcourt (Bert) Johnson, a clerk at a meat depot, and his wife, Lily, née Good...

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Laing, Hector, Baron Laing of Dunphail (1923–2010), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 12 May 1923 at 20 Braid Avenue, Edinburgh, the son of Hector Laing, businessman, and his wife, Margaret Norris, née Grant. He was born into a wealthy family, the fortunes of which came from the success of his maternal grandfather, ...

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Moore, George (1806–1876), philanthropist and businessman, was born on 9 April 1806 at Mealsgate, a farm of about 60 acres in Cumberland, the third of the five children of John Moore, statesman, and his wife, Peggy Lowes. His life, as memorialized by Samuel Smiles...

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Samuel Morley (1809–1886) by Lock & Whitfield, pubd 1882 © National Portrait Gallery, London