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Combrune, Michael (d. 1773), brewer, was the fourth son among the six children of Peter de Vesis de Comberbrune (d. 1731) and his wife, Judith Elizabeth, daughter of Constantin de Coursy, both Huguenot refugees settled in the parish of St Anne, Westminster...

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Fleetwood [née Smyth], Hester (d. 1714), compiler of recipes, was one of the seven children of Sir Robert Smyth (c.1594–1669) of Upton, Essex, barrister, and his wife, Judith (c.1605–1653), daughter of Nicholas Walmesley, esquire, of Dunkenhalgh, Lancashire. In 1651 or 1652 she married ...

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Garton, Sir Richard Charles (1857–1934), chemist and brewer, was born at 11 Richmond Place, Bedminster, Somerset, on 8 October 1857, the eldest of five sons of William Garton (1832–1905) a brewer, and his wife, Ellen Miller, née Littleton. William Garton's company, Garton Hill...

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Lunn, Sally (supp. fl. 1680x1800), supposed baker, first appears as a historical figure in the Gentleman's Magazine for 1798, where a correspondent stated that 'a certain sort of hot rolls, now, or not long ago, in vogue at Bath, were gratefully and emphatically styled “Sally Lunns”' after their inventor (...

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Schweppe, (Jean) Jacob (bap. 1740, d. 1821), artificial mineral water manufacturer, was baptized in the Liebfrauenkirche in Witzenhausen, Hesse, on 16 March 1740, the son of Conrad Schweppe, a peasant. Believing that their son lacked the strength for agricultural life his parents turned him over to a travelling tinker when he was only eleven or twelve years old. Before long the tinker brought him back, explaining that the boy was so adept at mending pots that he should be put to the silversmiths' craft; the same then occurred, the silversmith recommending that he learn the jewellers' craft. ...

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Walker, Sir Andrew Barclay, first baronet (1824–1893), brewer and benefactor, was born at Auchinflower, Ayrshire, on 15 December 1824, the second son of Peter Walker (1795–1879) of the Fort brewery, Ayr, and his wife, Mary (d. 1846), eldest daughter of Arthur Carlaw...