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Burdon, Rowland (1756–1838), politician, banker, and businessman  

Gillian Cookson

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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Monson, Sir John, second baronet (1599–1683), politician and financier of fen drainage  

Bertha Porter

revised by Sean Kelsey

Monson, Sir John, second baronet (1599–1683), politician and financier of fen drainage, was born in St Sepulchre, London, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Monson, first baronet (1563/4–1641), of South Carlton in Lincolnshire, and his wife, Margaret (1569–1630), daughter of Sir Edmund Anderson...

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Ramsden, Sir James (1822–1896), civil engineer and civic leader  

Aidan C. J. Jones

Ramsden, Sir James (1822–1896), civil engineer and civic leader, was probably born on 25 February 1822, at Bolton, Lancashire, and was baptized there on 31 March 1822, one of several children of William Ramsden (d. 1840) and his wife, Jane Grandage. His father, a millwright and afterwards described as an engineer, subsequently moved to ...

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Ranger, William (1799–1863), civil engineer and sanitary inspector  

Brian Lancaster

Ranger, William (1799–1863), civil engineer and sanitary inspector, was born in 1799 and baptized on 23 November 1799 at St Mary's, Ringmer, near Lewes, Sussex, the son of Richard Ranger (d. 1839), a builder and later town commissioner, and his wife, Mary, ...

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Webb, Francis William (1836–1906), civil engineer and local politician  

W. F. Spear

revised by Mike Chrimes

Webb, Francis William (1836–1906), civil engineer and local politician, was born at Tixall rectory, Staffordshire, on 21 May 1836, the second son of William Webb (1806/7–1883), rector of Tixall and his wife, Maria (1806/7–1881). He had three brothers (two of whom became Anglican clergymen) and a sister. Like them he was educated at home by his father. Showing a liking for mechanical pursuits from an early age, he became at fifteen a pupil of ...