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Hartley, David (1731–1813), politician and inventor of fireproofing systems, was born in Bury St Edmunds, the eldest son of David Hartley (bap. 1705, d. 1757), philosopher and physician, and only child of his first wife, Alice Rowley (bap. 1705, d. 1731), who died giving birth to him. He had a half-brother and a half-sister from his father's second marriage, in 1735, to ...


Holden, Sir Isaac, first baronet (1807–1897), inventor of a wool-combing machine, entrepreneur, and politician, was born on 7 May 1807 at Hurlet, near Paisley, the seventh child of Isaac Holden (d. 1826) and his wife, Alice, née Forrest. His father, a native of ...


Stanhope, Charles, third Earl Stanhope (1753–1816), politician and inventor, was born in London on 3 August 1753. He was the second, but only surviving, son of Philip Stanhope, second Earl Stanhope (1714–1786), and his wife, Grizel Hamilton (1719–1811). His father, the son of the general and whig politician ...


Charles Stanhope, third Earl Stanhope (1753–1816) by John Opie, exh. RA 1803 © National Portrait Gallery, London