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Beckett, Sir Edmund [known as Edmund Denison], fourth baronet (1787–1874), railway promoter and politician, was born at Gledhow Hall, Leeds, on 29 January 1787, the sixth son of the banker Sir John Beckett, first baronet (1743–1826), and his wife, Mary, daughter of ...

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Frederick Archibald Vaughan Campbell, third Earl Cawdor (1847–1911) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell, Frederick Archibald Vaughan, third Earl Cawdor (1847–1911), politician and railway administrator, was born on 13 February 1847 at St Leonard's Hill, Windsor, the eldest child of John Frederick Vaughan Campbell, second Earl Cawdor (1817–1898) and his first wife, Sarah, daughter of the ...

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Dunbar, Sir William, seventh baronet (1812–1889), railway director and politician, was born on 2 March 1812, the eldest of the eight children of James Dunbar (1778–1840) and his wife, Anna Catherina (d. 1860), daughter of William Ferdinand, Baron de Reede d'Oudtshoorn of the ...

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Ellis, John (1789–1862), railway promoter and politician, was born on 3 August 1789 at Sharman's Lodge, near Leicester, the eldest of six children of Joseph Ellis (1755–1810), farmer, and his wife, Rebekah, née Burgess (1760–1826), who was Joseph's second cousin. Both parents were Quakers....

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Fitzmaurice, Henry Thomas Petty-, fourth marquess of Lansdowne (1816–1866), politician and railway company chairman, was born on 5 January 1816 at Lansdowne House, London, the second, and only surviving, son of Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, third marquess of Lansdowne (1780–1863), politician, and his wife, Lady Louisa Emma Fox-Strangways (1785–1851)...

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Grosvenor, Richard de Aquila, first Baron Stalbridge (1837–1912), railway administrator and politician, the fourth son of Richard Grosvenor, second marquess of Westminster (1795–1869), and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Mary Leveson-Gower, the second daughter of George Granville Leveson-Gower, first duke of Sutherland, was born at ...

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Marsh, Richard William, Baron Marsh (1928–2011), politician and businessman, was born on 14 March 1928 at 41 Rolleston Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, the only child of William Marsh, coremaker for the Great Western Railway, and his wife, Elsie, née Ball. He was educated at ...

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Peel, Sir Frederick (1823–1906), politician and railway commissioner, born in Stanhope Street, London, on 26 October 1823, was the second son of Sir Robert Peel, second baronet (1788–1850), prime minister, and his wife, Julia (1795–1859), daughter of General Sir John Floyd, first baronet...