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Bukerel, Andrew (d. 1237), merchant and mayor of London, was born into a prominent London family; there is no evidence to support claims that the family originated in either Devon or Italy. His father, also Andrew Bukerel, was one of the custodians appointed by ...

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John Clayton (1792–1890) by Edward Sawyer, 19th cent. © Historic England / Bridgeman Images

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Clayton, John (1792–1890), civic leader and antiquary, was born on 10 June 1792 at Newcastle upon Tyne, the fourth child and third son of Nathaniel Clayton (1760–1832), town clerk and solicitor, and his wife, Dorothy, née Atkinson (1764–1827), daughter of George and Bridget Atkinson...

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Cleland, James (1770–1840), statistician and civic administrator, was born in Glasgow on 28 January 1770 and spent his early career as a cabinet-maker in his father's firm. He was educated at the high school in Glasgow, and completed his training in London in the late 1780s. In 1791 he returned to ...

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George Drummond (1687–1766) by Sir George Chalmers, 1764 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Drummond, George (1687–1766), accountant-general of excise in Scotland and local politician, was born on 27 June 1687, probably at Edinburgh, although in some accounts his place of birth is given as Newton Castle in Perthshire, where his father had business and family connections. He was one of at least three children of the factor and merchant ...

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Fullarton, Adam (d. in or after 1595), religious activist and civic administrator, was born in Ayrshire into the family of Fullarton of Dreghorn. His family had links with the small group of Lollards of Kyle in the 1490s and was early converted to protestantism. ...

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Guthrie, Alexander (d. 1582), civic administrator and religious activist, is first recorded on 10 January 1549, when he was admitted burgess and guild brother of Edinburgh. Nothing is known of his parentage or education. He became a lawyer who also engaged in trade, and was appointed common clerk of ...

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Hogg, James Macnaghten McGarel, first Baron Magheramorne (1823–1890), civic administrator, eldest son of Sir James Weir Hogg, first baronet (1790–1876), chairman of the East India Company, and his wife, Mary Claudine Swinton (d. 1874), was born at Calcutta on 3 May 1823. The merchant and philanthropist ...

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John Hooker (c. 1527–1601) by unknown artist, 1601 Exeter City Museums & Art Gallery

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Hooker [Vowell], John (c. 1527–1601), antiquary and civic administrator, was born at Bourbridge Hall, Exeter, the second son of Robert Vowell or Hooker of Exeter (b. in or before 1466, d. 1537) and his third wife, Agnes Doble (1502?–1537) of Woodbridge, Suffolk...

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Minns, Allan Glaisyer (1858–1930), physician and civic leader, was born on the island of Inagua in the Bahamas on 19 October 1858, the eighth child of John Minns (1811–1863), a shopkeeper, and his wife, Ophelia Elizabeth Bunch (1817–1902). His grandfather John Minns (1771–1830)...

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Schultz, Sir Joseph Leopold [Leo] (1900–1991), local government politician, was born at 95 Holderness Road, Hull, on 4 February 1900, the second of eight children of Solomon Schultz (1862–1945), a pawnbroker, and his wife, Hinda, née Hiller (1876–1943). Both his parents were of Polish origin; his father had been brought to ...

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Southwell, Robert (bap. 1608, d. 1677), administrator and local politician, was baptized on 29 March 1608 in St James, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, the son of Anthony Southwell (bap. 1579, d. 1623), undertaker in the plantation of Munster, and Margaret, daughter of ...

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Sir Daniel Macaulay Stevenson, baronet (1851–1944) by Lafayette courtesy of Glasgow University Archive Services

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Stevenson, Sir Daniel Macaulay, baronet (1851–1944), civic administrator and philanthropist, was born in Glasgow on 1 August 1851, the second of the seven children of John Stevenson (1823–1913), engineer, and his wife, Jessie Macaulay (d. 1880). His maternal grandfather, Daniel Macaulay, power-loom tenter and pioneering ...

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Stuart, James (1775–1849), landowner, politician, and factory inspector, was the eldest son of Dr Charles Stuart (1745/6–1826), of Dunearn in Fife, and Mary, the daughter of the Revd Dr John Erskine. His father was minister of Cramond, on the Firth of Forth, and later a physician in ...

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Weir, Sir Cecil McAlpine (1890–1960), industrialist and civic administrator, was born at Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, on 5 July 1890, the youngest of four sons of Alexander Cunningham Weir and his wife, Isabella McLeish. He was educated at Morrison's academy, Crieff, and in ...