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McEvoy, Harry (1902–1984), industrialist and food manufacturer, was born on 16 August 1902 in Bradford, the younger of twin sons (there were no other children) of Thomas McEvoy, weaver (later a grocer), and his wife, Polly Taylor, daughter of a Norwegian sea captain. He was educated at ...

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See Vestey, William, first Baron Vestey

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Vestey, William, first Baron Vestey (1859–1940), industrialist and food importer, and his business partner, Sir Edmund Hoyle Vestey first baronet (1866–1953), were both born in Liverpool. William was the eldest (b. 21 January 1859), and Edmund was the fifth child (...

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William Vestey, first Baron Vestey (1859–1940) by Walter Stoneman, 1924 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Alexander Walker (1869–1950) by Walter Stoneman, 1931 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Walker, Sir Alexander (1869–1950), whisky blender and industrialist, was born on 22 March 1869 at Wallace Bank, Kilmarnock, the third and youngest son of Alexander Walker, chairman of John Walker & Sons, and his wife, Isabella (née McKemmie). Educated at Ayr Academy...

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Weston, (Willard) Garfield (1898–1978), food manufacturer and industrialist, was born 'in the smell of bread' (DBB) at Toronto, Canada, on 26 February 1898, the eldest son of George Weston, baker, and his wife, Emma Maude. He was educated at the Harboard Collegiate Institute, Toronto...