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John Farquhar (1751–1826) by William Thomas Fry, pubd 1823 © National Portrait Gallery, London


T. F. Henderson

revised by H. V. Bowen

Farquhar, John (1751–1826), merchant and entrepreneur, the son of John Farquhar, was born at Bilbo, in the parish of Crimond, Aberdeenshire. Born of humble parents, at the age of fifteen he was awarded a bursary to attend the Marischal College of Aberdeen. After four years of study, he was entitled to the award of MA, and he soon moved on to ...


Fox, Robert Were (1754–1818), merchant and industrial entrepreneur, was born on 5 July 1754 in Fowey, Cornwall, the second of the five sons of George Croker Fox (d. 1807) and his wife, Mary. The Foxes were a Quaker family holding a long-established and significant position in Cornish commercial life. As mine owner, merchant, and shipping agent, ...


Stratford, John (b. 1582?, d. in or after 1634), merchant and entrepreneur, came of ancient gentry stock. He was the seventh son of John Stratford and his wife, Margaret, daughter of William Tracy of Toddington and Stanway, in Gloucestershire. John and Margaret had eight sons and one daughter, and in the early years of their marriage lived at ...