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Sir Edward Wentworth Beatty (1877–1943) by Howard Coster, 1939 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beatty, Sir Edward Wentworth (1877–1943), railway entrepreneur in Canada, was born at Thorold, Ontario, on 16 October 1877, the third son and fourth child of Henry Beatty, shipowner, and his wife, Harriett M. Powell. He was educated at Upper Canada College and at the ...

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Henry Bell (1767–1830) by James Tannock Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Bell, Henry (1767–1830), hotelier and developer of steam navigation, was born at Torphichen Mill, Linlithgowshire, on 7 April 1767, the fifth son of Patrick Bell and his wife, Margaret Easton. He was educated at the village school and then in Falkirk. Despite the reputation of Scottish schools, his education served him badly and for the rest of his life he was unable to spell and made many grammatical errors in his extensive correspondence. At the age of thirteen he was apprenticed as a stonemason and then in 1783 as a millwright—two trades much in demand at a time when Scottish industry was growing rapidly. In 1786 he began work in the shipyard of ...

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G. C. Boase

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Bremner, James (1784–1856), civil engineer and shipbuilder, was born at Keiss, in the parish of Wick, Caithness, on 25 September 1784, the youngest of nine children of James and Janet Bremner. He resembled his soldier father in his robust physique and in his fearless character, which emerged early in life. He received a limited education before, in 1798, being apprenticed to the ...

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Clark, Sir George Smith, first baronet (1861–1935), shipbuilder and politician, was born on 8 November 1861 in Paisley, the second of three children of James Clark (1830–1910), thread manufacturer, and his first wife, Jane, daughter of George Smith, a Glasgow shipowner. His parents were both Scottish. Raised as a Presbyterian, ...

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Sir Donald Currie (1825–1909) by Walter William Ouless, 1908 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Currie, Sir Donald (1825–1909), shipowner, was born on 17 September 1825 at Greenock, the third son of James Currie (1797–1851), a barber, and Elizabeth (1798–1839), daughter of Donald Martin. The family moved from Greenock to Belfast in 1826, where they belonged to the conservative Presbyterian congregation in ...

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Dalrymple, James (1859–1934), tramway manager, was born on 15 September 1859 at 3 Gaskill Street, Charlton upon Medlock, Lancashire, the son of James Dalrymple, a draper, and his wife, Margaret, née Adams. His family was Scottish and in 1864 moved to Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire...

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Denny, Sir Archibald, first baronet (1860–1936), shipbuilder and engineer, was born at Dumbarton on 7 February 1860. He was the fourth son of Peter Denny (1821–1895), of Helenslee, Dumbarton, shipbuilder, and his wife, Helen (d. 1905), the eldest daughter of James Leslie...

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Denny, Peter (1821–1895), shipbuilder and shipowner, was born in Dumbarton on 25 October 1821, the fifth son of William Denny (1779–1833) and his wife, Christeanne, formerly McIntyre. The Denny family had been involved in boat-building in the town since at least the mid-eighteenth century and were then engaged in developing steamships. ...

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Evans, Evan (1882–1965), coach tour operator and local politician, was born on 8 November 1882 in Glanyrafon, Betws Leucu, Cardiganshire, the eldest of the six surviving children of David Evans, a tenant farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Davies. After leaving Llangeitho school...

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E. I. Carlyle

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Findlay, Sir George (1829–1893), civil engineer and railway manager, was born at Rainhill in Lancashire on 18 May 1829, the younger son of George Findlay (1793–1858) of Grantown, Moray, and his wife, Agnes (d. 1835), daughter of Henry Courtenay of Glasgow. His father, descended from a family of small tenant farmers residing at ...

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Gibson, Walter (b. c. 1645, d. in or after 1717), merchant and shipowner, was the eldest son of John Gibson (d. 1679), portioner of Newtoun (otherwise Overton or Overnewtoun), Lanarkshire. Walter Gibson's brothers John, Andrew, and Ninian were merchants, while another brother, ...

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Gray, Sir William (1823–1898), shipbuilder and shipowner, was born on 18 January 1823 in Blyth, Northumberland, one of five children of Matthew Gray and his wife, Ann Jane Bryham. His father was a draper and shipowner. He received his schooling at Bruce's academy, Newcastle upon Tyne...

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Gunn [née Fubister], Isabel [alias John Fubister] (1780–1861), sailor and cross-dresser, was born in Orkney, on 1 August 1780, the daughter of John Fubister and Girzal Allan, and was baptized Isabel Fubister on 7 August in St Andrew's parish, Orkney. Few details are known about her life until she signed on with ...

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Douglas Douglas- Hamilton, fourteenth duke of Hamilton and eleventh duke of Brandon (1903–1973) by Bassano, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hamilton, Douglas Douglas-, fourteenth duke of Hamilton and eleventh duke of Brandon (1903–1973), boxer, aviator, and politician, was born on 3 February 1903, the eldest of the seven children of Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, thirteenth duke of Hamilton (1862–1940), and his wife, Nina Mary Benita Douglas-Hamilton, ...

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Harland, Sir Edward James, baronet (1831–1895), shipbuilder, was born on 15 May 1831 in Scarborough, the fourth of six sons (the third of whom died in infancy) and seventh of ten children of Dr William Harland, physician, a close friend of the engineer ...