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Norman Moore

revised by Christine Clark

Kenton, Benjamin (1719–1800), wine merchant and philanthropist, was born on 19 November 1719 at Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London, the son of Benjamin Kenton and his wife, Mary, who kept a small greengrocer's shop. He was educated at the parish charity school and at fifteen he was apprenticed to the landlord of the ...


George Stronach

revised by Maureen Donovan Lochrie

Neilson, John (1778–1839), grocer and benefactor, was born on 14 December 1778 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, the second son in a family of five children of John Neilson, merchant and grocer of Paisley Cross, and his wife, Elizabeth née Sclater of Paisley. He was probably educated at ...


Joshua Watson (1771–1855) by William Overend Geller (after Sir William Charles Ross) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Watson, Joshua (1771–1855), wine merchant and Anglican philanthropist, was born on 9 May 1771 at Tower Hill, City of London, the second son of John Watson (d. 1821), a wine merchant of Tower Hill, and of Dorothy Robson, a cousin of the watercolour painter ...