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Blackmore, Richard Doddridge (1825–1900), novelist and fruit farmer, was born on 7 June 1825, at the vicarage, Longworth, Berkshire, the third but second surviving son of the Revd John Blackmore (1794–1858) and his first wife, Anne Basset Knight (1794–1825). Anne was the eldest daughter of the ...

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Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825–1900) by Frederick Jenkins © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gilbey, Sir Walter, first baronet (1831–1914), wine merchant and horse breeder, was born on 2 May 1831 at Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, the sixth son of Henry Gilbey, coach proprietor, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of William Bailey of Stansted, Essex. Educated at Bishop's Stortford grammar school...

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Rupert Edward Cecil Lee Guinness, second earl of Iveagh (1874–1967) by Howard Coster, 1931 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Guinness, Rupert Edward Cecil Lee, second earl of Iveagh (1874–1967), brewer and agricultural improver, was born in Berkeley Square, London, on 29 March 1874, the eldest of the three sons of Edward Cecil Guinness (1847–1927), who was created earl of Iveagh in 1919, and his wife, ...

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Matthews, Bernard Trevor (1930–2010), turkey farmer, was born on 24 January 1930 at 27 Cleveland Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, the youngest in the family of two sons and two daughters of George Armond Matthews, motor engineer, and his wife, Frances May, née Hamby. He won a scholarship to the ...

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Bernard Trevor Matthews (1930–2010) by Glenn Copus, 1991 © Glenn Copus / Rex Features / Evening Standard

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Quicke, Sir John Godolphin (1922–2009), farmer, landowner and cheesemaker, was born on 20 April 1922 at 9 Egerton Place, Kensington, London, the elder son and eldest of three children of Noel Arthur Godolphin Quicke (1888–1943), farmer and landowner, and his wife, Constance May (1890–1971)...

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Smith [later Smith Grant] family (per. 1824–1975), distillers and farmers, owned at Glenlivet one of the best-known and most respected malt whisky distilleries in the north-east of Scotland. The earliest records of the family, originally known in English-language documents as Gow (from the Gaelic ...

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Samuel Whitbread (1720–1796) by Henry Bone, 1796 (after Sir William Beechey) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Whitbread, Samuel (1720–1796), brewer and landowner, was born on 30 August 1720 at Cardington, near Bedford, the seventh of eight children and the youngest of five sons of Henry Whitbread (d. 1727) and his second wife, Elizabeth Read. The Whitbread family were of prosperous nonconformist yeoman stock, farming their own land and closely associated with leading ...

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Wright, Sir Norman Charles (1900–1970), agricultural and nutritional scientist, was born in Reading on 19 February 1900, the second son of the Revd Francis Henry Wright, registrar of the University of Reading, and his second wife, Agnes Mary Dunkley. He was educated at ...