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Buchanan, James, Baron Woolavington (1849–1935), Scotch whisky blender and philanthropist, was born on 16 August 1849 at Brockville, Ontario, Canada, the third and youngest son of Alexander Buchanan, the son of a farmer from Bankhill, Stirlingshire, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of William McLean...

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Buxton, Sir (Thomas) Fowell, third baronet (1837–1915), philanthropist, brewer, and colonial governor, was born on 26 January 1837 at West Ham, Essex, the eldest of six sons of Sir Edward North Buxton, second baronet (1812–1858), and his wife, Catherine, second daughter of Samuel Gurney (1786–1856)...

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John Alexander Dewar, first Baron Forteviot (1856–1929) by Bassano, early 1900s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dewar, John Alexander, first Baron Forteviot (1856–1929), whisky blender and philanthropist, was born at Perth on 6 June 1856, the second surviving son in a family of five sons and two daughters of John Dewar (1806–1880), wine and spirit merchant, and his wife, ...

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Guinness, Edward Cecil, first earl of Iveagh (1847–1927), brewer and philanthropist, was born at St Anne's, Clontarf, co. Dublin, on 10 November 1847, the youngest of the three sons of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness (1798–1868), brewer, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1865)...

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Edward Cecil Guinness, first earl of Iveagh (1847–1927) by Werner & Son, pubd 1903 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hartley, Sir William Pickles (1846–1922), jam manufacturer and philanthropist, was born on 23 February 1846 at Colne, Lancashire, the only surviving child of John Hartley, a whitesmith, and his wife, Margaret Pickles. He attended a local British and Foreign School Society school, and then ...

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George Lawson Johnston, first Baron Luke (1873–1943) by Lafayette, 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Johnston, George Lawson, first Baron Luke (1873–1943), food manufacturer and philanthropist, was born on 9 September 1873 at 2 Blacket Place, Newington, Edinburgh, the second son of the thirteen children of John Lawson Johnston (1839–1900), nutrition promoter and food manufacturer, and his wife, ...

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Kenton, Benjamin (1719–1800), wine merchant and philanthropist, was born on 19 November 1719 at Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London, the son of Benjamin Kenton and his wife, Mary, who kept a small greengrocer's shop. He was educated at the parish charity school and at fifteen he was apprenticed to the landlord of the ...

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Rank, Joseph (1854–1943), flour miller and philanthropist, was born at Holderness Road in Hull on 28 March 1854, the second of four sons (the eldest died in infancy) of James Rank (1829–1874), miller, and his first wife, Mary Ann (d. 1858), daughter of ...

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Wall, Thomas (1846–1930), sausage entrepreneur and philanthropist, was born at 113 Jermyn Street, London, on 30 August 1846 into a family of pork butchers and sausage manufacturers. His grandfather Richard Wall (1777/8–1838), pork butcher, had in 1790 been apprenticed to Edmund Cotterill...

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Watson, Sir (James) Angus (1874–1961), food manufacturer and philanthropist, was born on 16 January 1874 at Ryton-on-Tyne, Northumberland, the eldest of three children and the only son of Alexander Watson, a sanitary pipe manufacturer, and his wife, Jane Anne, the daughter of the ...

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Watson, Joshua (1771–1855), wine merchant and Anglican philanthropist, was born on 9 May 1771 at Tower Hill, City of London, the second son of John Watson (d. 1821), a wine merchant of Tower Hill, and of Dorothy Robson, a cousin of the watercolour painter ...

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Joshua Watson (1771–1855) by William Overend Geller (after Sir William Charles Ross) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Garfield Howard Weston (1927–2002) by Jane Bown, 1994 Camera Press, London

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Weston, Garfield Howard [Garry] (1927–2002), businessman and philanthropist, was born in Toronto, Canada, on 28 April 1927, second eldest of the three sons and six daughters of (Willard) Garfield Weston (1898–1978), businessman, and his first wife, Reta Lila, née Howard (d. 1967)...