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Allan, Sir William (1837–1903), engineer and politician, born at Dundee on 29 November 1837, was the third son of James Allan (d. 1883), machine maker, and his wife, Margaret Dickson (d. 1879). After being educated in local schools, Allan served his apprenticeship as an engineer at his father's ...

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Philip John Noel- Baker, Baron Noel-Baker (1889–1982) by Howard Coster, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baker, Philip John Noel-, Baron Noel-Baker (1889–1982), politician and Nobel prizewinner, was born Philip John Baker at Woodstock, Brondesbury Park, London, on 1 November 1889, the sixth and penultimate child of (Joseph) Allen Baker (1852–1918) and his wife, Elizabeth Balmer Moscrip. His father had moved to ...

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John Ball (1818–1889) by unknown photographer © Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: reproduced by kind permission of the Director and the Board of Trustees

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Ball, John (1818–1889), glaciologist and politician, was born in Dublin on 20 August 1818, the eldest child of Nicholas Ball (1791–1865), judge and politician, and his wife, Jane (née Sherlock) of Butlerstown Castle in co. Waterford. Until the age of eleven he received little formal education, but from his earliest years he displayed a precocious interest in science. In his seventh year he was taken to ...

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Sir John Bennett (1814–1897) by unknown engraver, pubd 1879 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bennett, Sir John (1814–1897), watchmaker and politician, was born on 15 October 1814, the son of John Bennett (d. 1829/30) of Stockwell Street, Greenwich, watchmaker, and his wife, Elizabeth Sinnock Bennett, and the elder brother of George Weedon Bennett and William Cox Bennett...

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Bray, Jeremy William (1930–2002), mathematician and politician, was born in Hong Kong on 29 June 1930, the son of the Revd Arthur Henry Bray and his wife, Edith Muriel, who were Methodist missionaries. He spent his early childhood in Foshan. By great good fortune the ...

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Brereton, William, third Baron Brereton of Leighlin (bap. 1631, d. 1680), politician and natural philosopher, was baptized on 4 May 1631 at Brereton, Cheshire, the eldest son of William Brereton, second Baron Brereton (1611–1664), and his wife, Lady Elizabeth (d. 1687), daughter of ...

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Sir John Tomlinson Brunner, first baronet (1842–1919) by Augustus John, exh. New English Art Club 1906 University of Liverpool Art Gallery and Collections

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Brunner, Sir John Tomlinson, first baronet (1842–1919), chemical manufacturer and politician, was born on 8 February 1842 in Everton, Liverpool, the second of the three sons and the fourth of the five children of John Brunner, a Swiss protestant minister, who migrated to ...

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Burdon, Rowland (1756–1838), politician, banker, and businessman, was born on 28 December 1756 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the only child of Rowland Burdon (1724–1786) and his wife, Elizabeth Smith. In 1758 the father, a merchant originally from Stockton, bought the Castle Eden...

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Archibald Campbell Campbell, first Baron Blythswood (1835–1908) by James Russell & Sons, 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell [formerly Douglas], Archibald Campbell, first Baron Blythswood (1835–1908), politician and physicist, was born in Florence on 22 February 1835, the eldest of the nine children of Archibald Douglas (1809–1868), laird of Mains, and his wife, Caroline Agnes, the daughter of Mungo Dick...

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George Douglas Campbell, eighth duke of Argyll in the peerage of Scotland, and first duke of Argyll in the peerage of the United Kingdom (1823–1900) by George Frederic Watts, c. 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell, George Douglas, eighth duke of Argyll in the peerage of Scotland, and first duke of Argyll in the peerage of the United Kingdom (1823–1900), politician and scientist, was the second son of John Douglas Edward Henry Campbell (1777–1847) and his second wife, ...

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Digges, Thomas (c. 1546–1595), mathematician and member of parliament, was the eldest son of Leonard Digges (c. 1515–c. 1559), practical mathematician, and his wife, Bridget, daughter of Thomas Wilford of Hartridge, Kent. Digges was presumably brought up on his father's estate at Wootton, Kent...

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Egerton, Sir Philip de Malpas Grey-, tenth baronet (1806–1881), palaeontologist and politician, was born on 13 November 1806, probably at his father's residence, Oulton Park, Tarporley, Cheshire. He was the eldest son of the Revd Sir Philip Grey-Egerton, ninth baronet (1767–1829), and Rebecca...

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Grey, Thomas de, sixth Baron Walsingham (1843–1919), politician and entomologist, was born on 29 July 1843 at Stanhope Street, Mayfair, Westminster, the only child of Thomas de Grey, fifth Baron Walsingham (1804–1870), and his first wife, Augusta Louisa (d. 1844), daughter and coheir of ...

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Harrison, Walter (1921–2012), electrician and politician, was born on 2 January 1921 at 1 Back Princes Street, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, the tenth child and youngest of five sons of Henry Harrison, a painter for an engine makers (and former serviceman) who later became an electrician with the ...