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Lyle, Abram (1820–1891), shipowner and sugar refiner, was born in Greenock, Renfrewshire, on 14 December 1820, the sixth of the seven children of Abram Lyle (1783–1849), cooper and shipowner, and his wife, Mary Campbell. The young Abram was educated at the locally prestigious ...

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Abram Lyle (1820–1891) by unknown artist by courtesy Tate & Lyle

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Macfie, Robert Andrew (1811–1893), sugar refiner and politician, was born on 4 October 1811 at 52 Kirkgate, Leith, the eldest of the nine children of John Macfie (1783–1852), sugar refiner and provost of Leith, and his wife, Alison (1791–1857), second daughter of William Thorburn...