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Dalgety, Frederick Gonnerman (1817–1894), wool merchant and sheep farmer, was born on 3 December 1817 in Canada, where his father was a lieutenant in the Irish fusiliers; he had at least two younger half-brothers. Nothing is known of his education or early career before his arrival in ...

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Fielden, John (1784–1849), industrialist and politician, was born on 17 January 1784 at home at Laneside, Todmorden, Lancashire, the third of the eight children of Joshua Fielden (1748–1811), tenant farmer and clothier, and his wife, Jennifer (Jenny) Greenwood (1749–1825). He had no formal schooling. From a very early age he worked in his father's spinning mills and accompanied him on weekly trips to ...

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Hart [formerly Herriot], John [known as Captain Hart] (1809–1873), merchant and politician in Australia, was born in Devon on 25 February 1809, the son of John Herriot and his wife, Mary, née Granville. He went to sea at the age of twelve and gained immense experience, and visited ...

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Ibbetson, Sir Henry, first baronet (1708–1761), cloth merchant, was born in Leeds, the third surviving son of James Ibbetson (1674–1739) and his wife, Elizabeth, the coheir of Dr John Nicholson, York's premier medical practitioner in the late seventeenth century. Ibbetson was a fourth-generation cloth merchant and a member of one of the town's leading merchant dynasties. His father had made a large fortune in exporting ...

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Morgan, Sir William (1829–1883), merchant and politician in Australia, the son of George Morgan, farmer, and his wife, Sarah, née Horne, was born on 12 September 1829 at Wilshamstead, near Bedford. In 1848 he emigrated with two brothers and a sister, and arrived in ...

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Sir Ernest Oppenheimer (1880–1957) by unknown photographer De Beers Consolidated Mines, South Africa

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Oppenheimer, Sir Ernest (1880–1957), diamond merchant and financier, was born in Friedberg, Germany, on 22 May 1880, the fifth son and eighth child of Eduard Oppenheimer (1841–1924), cigar merchant, and his wife, Nanny Hirschhorn (1841–1912). From the age of ten he was educated in French and classics at the ...

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Trecothick, Barlow (1718?–1775), merchant and politician, was born either at Stepney or at sea, the son of Captain Mark Trecothick, mariner, and Hannah Greenleaf. From c.1724 he lived in Boston, Massachusetts, where he served as an apprentice to Charles Apthorp between 1734 and 1740. Thereafter he moved to ...