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William Abell (b. c. 1584, d. in or after 1655) by unknown engraver, 1641 [The Copie of a Letter Sent from the Roaring Boyes in Elizium] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Abell, William (b. c. 1584, d. in or after 1655), vintner and local politician, was the son of Thomas Abell of Oundle, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Suzanna Barker. He was probably born at Oundle, where his grandfather William Abell had endowed Oundle School...

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Bass, Michael Thomas (1799–1884), brewer and politician, was born on 6 July 1799 at Burton upon Trent, the eldest son of Michael Thomas Bass (1759–1827), brewer, and his wife, Sarah, née Hoskins (1763–1837). He was educated at the grammar school in Burton and afterwards at ...

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Michael Thomas Bass (1799–1884) by W. W. Winter © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baverstock, James B. (1741–1815), brewer and radical, was born on 10 June 1741 at Alton, Hampshire, the son of Thomas Baverstock (d. 1781), innholder and brewer. Nothing is known of Baverstock's upbringing, but in 1763 he 'joined his father at Alton...

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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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Charles Wallwyn Radcliffe Cooke (1840–1911) by John Benjamin Stone, 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cooke, Charles Wallwyn Radcliffe (1840–1911), politician and promoter of cider making, was born at Hellens manor house, Much Marcle, Herefordshire, on 16 January 1840, the son and only surviving child of Robert Duffield Cooke (1795/6–1882), landowner and farmer, and his wife, Mary Anne (1797/8–1871)...

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Davidson, Alan Eaton (1924–2003), diplomatist and food historian, was born on 30 March 1924 at Garden City, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the only son and elder child of William John Davidson (1899–1959), inspector of taxes, and his wife, Constance, née Eaton (1889–1974). His father was Scottish, which ...

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See Dewar, John Alexander, first Baron Forteviot

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Earp, Thomas (1830–1910), maltster and politician, was born on 7 May 1830 at Muskham Grange, Muskham, near Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, the only son of William Earp, gardener at Muskham Grange, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of James Taylor. Shortly after Thomas's birth, the family moved to ...

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Friend [Freind], Sir John (bap. 1640, d. 1696), brewer and Jacobite conspirator, was baptized on 11 October 1640 at St Mary's Church, Whitechapel, the second, but first surviving, son of John Friend (d. 1665), brewer, of St Katharine by the Tower precinct, London...

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Sir James Tynte Agg- Gardner (1846–1928) by James Russell & Sons, 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gardner, Sir James Tynte Agg- (1846–1928), brewer and politician, was born on 25 November 1846, at Cheltenham, the elder son of James Agg-Gardner (1804–1858) and his wife, Eulalie Emily (1819–1901), the fifth daughter and coheir of William Richard Hopkins-Northey. He had one brother and a sister. His father took the additional surname after his patronymic of ...

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Gretton, John, first Baron Gretton (1867–1947), brewer and politician, was born on 1 September 1867 at Bladen House, Winshill, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, the eldest of the three sons and five daughters of John Gretton (1833–1899), of Bladen House, Winshill, Staffordshire, and Grantham Lodge, Cowes, Isle of Wight...

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Hyland [Highland], Samuel (fl. 1638–1663), distiller and political activist, was perhaps born in Sussex, where one of his sons later acquired an estate; further details of his birth and upbringing are unknown. By the late 1630s he was established in his trade in ...

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Kennett, Brackley (c. 1713–1782), wine merchant and local politician, was born in Putney, Surrey, the son of John ‘Kinnick’, a waterman in Putney. Little is known about his business career, but it is likely that he began working on the rougher side of the tavern trade. He emerged as a wine merchant in ...

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Harold Vincent Mackintosh, first Viscount Mackintosh of Halifax (1891–1964) by Walter Bird, 1961 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mackintosh, Harold Vincent, first Viscount Mackintosh of Halifax (1891–1964), confectionery manufacturer and public administrator, was born in King's Cross Lane, Halifax, Yorkshire, on 8 June 1891, the eldest of three sons, all destined to enter the confectionery business founded by their father, John Mackintosh (1868–1920)...