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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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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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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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Kinahan, Sir Robert George Caldwell [Robin] (1916–1997), businessman and politician, was born on 24 September 1916 in Belfast, the younger son and second child in the family of two sons and three daughters of Henry Kinahan, wine merchant, of Low Wood, Belfast, and his wife ...

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Morrison, Walter (1836–1921), businessman, politician, and benefactor, was born in London on 21 May 1836, the fifth son of James Morrison (1789–1857), of the firm of Morrison, Dillon, & Co., and his wife, Mary (d. 1887), daughter of John Todd, of the same firm. ...

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Thomas Neale (1641–1699) by unknown artist, 1694 © Copyright The British Museum

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Neale, Thomas (1641–1699), projector and politician, was the only son of Thomas Neale of Warnford, Hampshire, and Lucy Uvedale. The senior Neale, Thomas (d. in or before 1643) was in turn the eldest son of Sir Thomas Neale (d. 1621)...

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Rollit, Sir Albert Kaye (1841–1922), businessman and politician, was born at 21 Lister Street, Hull on 12 May 1841, the eldest of five sons of John Rollit (1805-1873), solicitor, and his wife, Eliza (1809-1879), daughter of Joseph Kaye, a Huddersfield architect. He was educated at ...

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Scholefield, Joshua (1774/5–1844), politician and businessman, though a Yorkshireman by birth, was by 1800 well established in Birmingham. He prospered as an iron manufacturer, merchant, and banker, and became the director of two large banks—the National Provincial Bank of England and the London Joint Stock Bank...