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Muir family (per. 1849–1992), textile, tea, and general merchants, was brought to prominence by Sir John Muir first baronet (1828–1903), who was born on 8 December 1828 at Hutchesontown, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, the son of James Muir (c.1795–1864), a cotton trader, and his wife, ...

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William Francis Paul (1850–1928) by unknown photographer courtesy of BOCM Pauls; photograph © Eric Palmer

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Paul, William Francis (1850–1928), grain importer and maltster, was born on 11 February 1850 at 39 Bank Street, Ipswich, the youngest of the seven children of Robert Paul (c.1806–1864), maltster and wharfinger, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of James Woods, ironmonger, of ...

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Spiller, Joel (1804–1853), corn factor and miller, was born in Bridgwater, Somerset, the son of an ironmonger there. The family was, allegedly, of Flemish origin. In April 1829 Spiller married Sarah Taylor Durston, and in the same year he set up in business as a corn factor and dealer from a shop in ...