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Ellison, Thomas (1833–1904), historian and statistician of the cotton trade, was born in Liverpool, possibly the son of Joseph Ellison, bookkeeper. He left school at sixteen and was apprenticed to Maurice Williams (1825–1878), who had himself just begun business as a cotton broker. ...

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Felkin, William (1795–1874), manufacturer and historian of the lace and hosiery industries, was born on 24 April 1795 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, the son of William Felkin (1772–1824), a framework knitter who became a Baptist minister, and his wife, Sarah, née Harrison. The family moved to ...

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Morse, Hosea Ballou (1855–1934), customs official and historian of China, was born on 18 July 1855 in South Brookfield, Queens county, Nova Scotia, the first of the four children of Albert David Morse (1832–1900) and his wife, née Mercey Dexter Park (c...

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Orme, Robert (1728–1801), historian of India and East India Company servant, was born on 25 December 1728 at Anjengo in Travancore, India. One of four children, he was the second son of Alexander Orme (d. 1736), chief of the settlement at Anjengo...

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Robert Orme (1728–1801) by Joseph Nollekens, 1774 The British Library