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Hope, John (1807–1893), lawyer and philanthropist, was born at Dalry House, near Edinburgh, on 12 May 1807, the elder son of James Hope (d. 1842), writer to the signet, and his wife, Jane (d. 1822), daughter of James Walker of Dalry...

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Jarvis, Edward Kem (bap. 1805, d. 1853), judge and philanthropist, was baptized on 15 March 1805 at Ratcliffe Culey parish church, Hinckley, Leicestershire, the only child of Joseph Jarviss (fl. 1785–1830), Atherstone postmaster and innkeeper, and his wife, Mary (fl. 1785–1810)...

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(Isidore) Jack Lyons (1916–2008) by unknown photographer © Stephen Lock / Telegraph Media Group Limited 1996

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Lyons, (Isidore) Jack (1916–2008), businessman, philanthropist, and convicted fraudster, was born in Leeds on 1 February 1916, the fifth of six children of Samuel Henry Lyons (1883/4–1959), businessman, and his wife, Sophie, née Niman (1885–1971). His immediate elder brother, Bernard Lyons (1913–2008...

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James Neild (1744–1814) by Samuel De Wilde, 1804 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Neild, James (1744–1814), penal reformer and philanthropist, was born on 24 May 1744 at Knutsford, Cheshire. His father's death left his mother to support Neild and his four siblings by continuing her business as a linen draper. After a very brief education Neild...

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Sir George Onesiphorus Paul, second baronet (1746–1820) by Robert William Sievier, 1825 The Conway Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Paul, Sir George Onesiphorus, second baronet (1746–1820), prison reformer and philanthropist, was born on 9 February 1746 at Woodchester, Gloucestershire, the son of Sir Onesiphorus Paul, first baronet (bap. 1706, d. 1774), a successful woollen manufacturer, and his first wife, Jane (c...

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Venning, John (1776–1858), prison reformer and philanthropist, was born at Totnes, Devon, on 20 May 1776, the son of Walter Venning, a merchant, and Mary Ann, his wife. He attended Totnes grammar school and, at the age of fourteen, followed his elder brother ...