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Ferguson, Henry George [Harry] (1884–1960), designer of agricultural machinery, was born on 4 November 1884 at Growell, near Hillsborough in northern Ireland, the third son and fourth of eleven children, three girls and eight boys, of James Ferguson, a hill farmer, and his wife, ...

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Henry George Ferguson (1884–1960) by A. J. Tanner, 1948 © Science & Society Picture Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ged, William (1684/5–1749), goldsmith and stereotype founder, was probably born in Dunfermline, son of William Ged, said to have been a member of the family of Ged of Baldridge in Fife. He was apprenticed to Robert Inglis, goldsmith, in Edinburgh in 1696, and his own mark was entered with the ...

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Lang, Sir William Biggart (1868–1942), machine tool manufacturer, was born on 19 September 1868 at 59 High Street, Johnstone, Renfrewshire, the youngest of five sons in the large family of John Lang (c.1825–1906), machine tool maker, and Annie Biggart. His father had founded his own firm in 1874 in ...