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Bradshaigh, Sir Roger, third baronet (bap. 1675, d. 1747), politician and coal owner, was baptized on 29 April 1675, the first son of Sir Roger Bradshaigh, second baronet (c.1649–1687), of Haigh Hall, Lancashire, and his wife, Mary (d. 1733), the daughter and coheir of ...

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Bradshaigh, Sir Roger, first baronet (1628–1684), politician and colliery owner, was born at Haigh Hall, Haigh near Wigan in Lancashire, on 13 January 1628, the eldest surviving son of James Bradshaigh (1598–1631) of Haigh and his wife, Ann, fourth daughter of Sir William Norris...

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Cossham, Handel (1824–1890), colliery owner and politician, was born on 31 March 1824 at Fore Street, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, in the same room where his father and grandfather had been delivered, the son of Jesse Cossham (1799–1887), a carpenter, and his wife, Sarah, née...

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Ellis, John Edward (1841–1910), colliery owner and politician, was born on 15 October 1841 at Castle View, The Newarke, Leicester, the eldest of the five children of Edward Shipley Ellis (1817–1879), railway chairman and social reformer, and his wife, Emma Burgess (1809–1899), both of whom came from Quaker families....

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Farrar, Sir George Herbert, baronet (1859–1915), mine owner and politician in South Africa, was born at Mill End, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, on 17 June 1859, the third son of Charles Farrar (1832/3–1896), general medical practitioner, and his wife, Helen, née Howard (1830/31–1921). When he was quite young his father, who did not take his medical practice very seriously, left the family rather dramatically by rowing away down the river towards the fens, where he spent the rest of his life. From then on ...

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Leigh, Alexander (c. 1683–1772), local government officer and industrial promoter, was born at Millgate, Wigan, but little else is known about his origins. During his lifetime his home town of Wigan was transformed from an archaic borough dominated by craft companies and disputes over burghal rights, office holding, and parliamentary elections, to the archetype of ...

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Liddell, Henry, first Baron Ravensworth (bap. 1708, d. 1784), politician and coal owner, was baptized on 1 August 1708 in Lamesley, co. Durham, the eldest son of Thomas Liddell (c.1680–1715) and his wife, Jane (1679–1774), the daughter of James Clavering of ...

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Sir James Lowther, fourth baronet (bap. 1673, d. 1755) by Jonathan Richardson the elder, 1734 The Lord Cavendish of Furness, D.L. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Lowther, Sir James, fourth baronet (bap. 1673, d. 1755), politician and coal owner, was baptized on 5 August 1673 at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London, the second son and the youngest of the three children of Sir John Lowther, second baronet (bap. 1642, d. 1706)...

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Mackworth, Sir Humphry (1657–1727), industrial entrepreneur and politician, was born in January 1657 at Betton Strange or Grange, Little Betton, Shropshire, the second son of Thomas Mackworth (c.1628–1696), landowner, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Richard Bulkeley of Buntingsdale, Shropshire. The ...

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Rhodes, Cecil John (1853–1902), imperialist, colonial politician, and mining entrepreneur, was born at Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire on 5 July 1853. He was the fifth son of Francis William Rhodes (1807–1878), vicar of that parish from 1849 to 1876, and his second wife, ...

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Cecil John Rhodes (1853–1902) by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ridley, Sir Matthew White, second baronet (1745–1813), land and coal owner and politician, was born on 28 October 1745 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the second of the twelve children of Matthew Ridley (1711–1778) of Heaton Hall and Newcastle, a landowner, coal magnate, and MP, though the eldest of ...

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