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Gützlaff, Karl Friedrich August [Charles Gutzlaff] (1803–1851), missionary and civil servant, son of Johann Jakob Gützlaff (1767–1825), a tailor, and Maria Elisabeth Gützlaff, née Behneken (1767–1807), was born in Pyritz, province of Pomerania, Prussia, on 8 July 1803. Having attended Pyritz municipal school...

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Horner, Leonard (1785–1864), factory inspector, geologist, and educationist, was born on 17 January 1785 at St George's Square, Edinburgh, the third and youngest son of John Horner (d. 1829), a wealthy whig linen merchant, and his wife, Joanna, née Baillie. In his youth his circle of acquaintances included ...

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Maffey, John Loader, first Baron Rugby (1877–1969), public servant, was born at 6 High Street, Rugby, on 1 July 1877, the younger son of Thomas Maffey, commercial traveller, and his wife, Mary Penelope, daughter of John Loader, of Thame. He was educated at ...

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Mallet, Sir Louis (1823–1890), civil servant and economist, was born on 16 March 1823 in Hampstead, Middlesex, the second son of John Lewis Mallet (b. 1775) and his second wife, Frances (d. 1851), sister of John Herman Merivale of Barton Place, Exeter...

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Parry, Sir Thomas (b. in or before 1515, d. 1560), administrator, was the son of Sir Henry Vaughan of Tretower, Brecknockshire, and his wife, Gwenllian, daughter of William ap Grono of Brecon. He was born into a much intermarried group of Anglicized Welsh gentry who flourished under the ...

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Perring, William George Arthur (1898–1951), aerodynamicist and government scientist, was born on 16 December 1898 in Gillingham, Kent, the eldest son of John Richard Brooking Perring, a shipwright, and his wife, Alice Johns, both formerly of Devon. In 1913 he commenced a seven-year apprenticeship at the ...

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Weir, William Douglas, first Viscount Weir (1877–1959), industrialist and public servant, was born on 12 May 1877, in a top flat at Albert Crescent, Crosshill, Glasgow, the eldest of three children of James Weir (1842/3–1920), and his wife, Mary, formerly Richmond (1848–1931), daughter of ...

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Wentworth, Thomas, second Baron Wentworth and de jure seventh Baron Le Despenser (1525–1584), soldier and administrator, was the eldest of at least eight sons and the heir of Thomas Wentworth, first Baron Wentworth (1501–1551), nobleman, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1551), elder daughter and coheir of ...