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Caldcleugh, Alexander (1795–1858), businessman and traveller, was born on 17 June 1795 in London (where he was baptized at St Olave's, Hart Street), the only son and fourth of five children of Alexander Caldcleugh (d. 1809), shipowner and merchant, of Broad Green, Croydon, Surrey...

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Duncan, Sir John Norman Valette [Val] (1913–1975), international mining executive, was born on 18 July 1913, at Pinner, Middlesex, the eldest of four children of Norman Duncan, barrister, and his wife, Gladys Marguerite Dauvergne Valette. From 1927 to 1932 he was educated at ...

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Gibbs, William (1790–1875), businessman and religious philanthropist, was born on 22 May 1790 at 6 Calle de Cantarranas, Madrid, Spain, the second son of Antony Gibbs (1756–1815), merchant, and his wife, Dorothea Barnetta, née Hucks (1760–1820). The judge and politician Sir Vicary Gibbs...

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Hetherington, Sir Arthur Ford (1911–2002), engineer and businessman, was born on 12 July 1911 at 20 Hillside Gardens, Highgate, London, the second son and third child in the family of three sons and one daughter of Sir Roger Gaskell Hetherington (1876–1952), civil engineer, later chief engineering inspector for the ...

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Hindley, John Scott, Viscount Hyndley (1883–1963), businessman and coal industry administrator, was born in Margate on 24 October 1883, the son of the Revd William Talbot Hindley (1845–1906), vicar of Holy Trinity, Margate, and his wife, Caroline, daughter of John Scott. He was educated from 1899 to 1901 at ...

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Horton, Sir Robert Baynes (1939–2011), company director, was born on 18 August 1939 at High Elms, Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, the son of William Harold Horton (1908–1969), sales executive for a food manufacturer, and his wife, Dorothy Joan, née Baynes (d. 2007)...

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Jones, Sir Henry Frank Harding (1906–1987), gas engineer and businessman, was born on 13 July 1906 at Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park, London, the only son and eldest of four children of Frank Harding Jones, gas engineer and company director, of Housham Tye, Harlow, Essex...

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Mackworth, Sir Humphry (1657–1727), industrial entrepreneur and politician, was born in January 1657 at Betton Strange or Grange, Little Betton, Shropshire, the second son of Thomas Mackworth (c.1628–1696), landowner, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Richard Bulkeley of Buntingsdale, Shropshire. The ...

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Page, Sir John Joseph Joffre (1915–2006), businessman, was born on 7 January 1915 at 7 Wymond Street, Putney, London, the second of four sons of William Joseph Page (d. 1935), successively a soldier, a milkman, and an insurance agent, and his wife, ...

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Pearce, Sir Austin William [Tin] (1921–2004), industrialist, was born at 90 Station Road, Devonport, on 1 September 1921, the son of William Thomas Pearce (d. 1970), a master builder, and his wife, Florence Annie Morcom, née Symons. From childhood he was known as ...

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Prain, Sir Ronald Lindsay (1907–1991), businessman, was born on 3 September 1907 in Iquiqui, Chile, the elder child of Arthur Lindsay Prain (1879–1965), nitrates manager, and his wife, Amy Gertrude, née Watson (1878–1958). His maternal grandfather was Charles Watson, business partner of '...

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Steel, Sir David Edward Charles (1916–2004), oil company executive, was born on 29 November 1916 at 5 Overstrand Mansions, Battersea, London, the second son of Gerald Arthur Steel, private secretary to the first lord of the Admiralty, and his wife, Ellen Price, née...

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Thatcher, Sir Denis, first baronet (1915–2003), businessman and prime ministerial consort, was born on 10 May 1915 at 26 Southbrook Road, Lee, Lewisham, London, the elder child of Thomas Herbert (Jack) Thatcher, businessman, and his wife, (Lilian) Kathleen, née Bird. From the age of eight he boarded at a preparatory school in ...