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Gibbs, Christopher Henry (1938–2018), aesthete and antique dealer  

Jane Ormsby Gore and Martin Wilkinson

Gibbs, Christopher Henry (1938–2018), aesthete and antique dealer, was born at Holwell Manor, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, on 29 July 1938, the fifth son and youngest child, with his twin Elizabeth, of Sir Geoffrey Cokayne Gibbs (1901–1975), financier, and his wife Helen Margaret, ...

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Hutton, Sibilla (d. 1808), milliner and shopkeeper  

Elizabeth C. Sanderson

Hutton, Sibilla (d. 1808), milliner and shopkeeper, was the daughter of the Revd William Hutton, minister of the Secession church at Dalkeith, Edinburghshire, and Sibilla Tunnock, daughter of William Tunnock, an Edinburgh brewer; they married on 7 November 1742. Sibilla was well known as a milliner in ...

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Learmonth, Christian (bap. 1718, d. 1762), milliner and shopkeeper  

Elizabeth C. Sanderson

Learmonth, Christian (bap. 1718, d. 1762), milliner and shopkeeper, was baptized at Bo'ness, Linlithgowshire, on 21 October 1718, the daughter of John Learmonth, schoolmaster and postmaster at Bo'ness, and of his first wife, Christian Livingston (d. in or before 1726), third daughter of ...

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Macaulay [née Young], Carola (b. 1682), milliner and shopkeeper  

Elizabeth C. Sanderson

Macaulay [née Young], Carola (b. 1682), milliner and shopkeeper, was born on 19 February 1682 at Kippen, Stirlingshire, one of three children of the Revd Robert Young, minister at Kippen, and Margaret MacFarlane. She is a good example of an eighteenth-century woman from a professional family background who, even after her marriage, continued in business. She had no inherited right to trade but was allowed to do so on payment of an annual due to the ...

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Ramsay, Katherine (1720s–1808), milliner and shopkeeper  

Elizabeth C. Sanderson

Ramsay, Katherine (1720s–1808), milliner and shopkeeper, was one of eight children of Gilbert Ramsay (d. before 1743), solicitor, and factor to the duke of Roxburghe, and of Katherine Kerr, daughter of Andrew Kerr of Kippilaw, near Kelso, Roxburghshire. Katherine Ramsay and her five sisters were involved in selling millinery and haberdashery, and all seem to have been in business together initially. ...

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Roberts, Thomas Stephen [Tommy] (1942–2012), fashion designer and retailer  

Eleri Lynn

Roberts, Thomas Stephen [Tommy] (1942–2012), fashion designer and retailer, was born on 6 February 1942 at Berryfield House, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, the son of Thomas George Roberts, then serving as a rifleman in the King's Royal Rifles, and his wife, Marie Blanche, née Gibson (1921–1965)...

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Smart, George (1775/6–1846), tailor and textile artist  

Martin Myrone

Smart, George (1775/6–1846), tailor and textile artist, was famously associated with the village of Frant in Sussex, near Tunbridge Wells, living there most of his life and often being referred to as ‘the tailor of Frant’. The George Smart who was buried in ...

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Wilson, Walter (1849–1917), milliner and department store owner  

Iain F. Russell

Wilson, Walter (1849–1917), milliner and department store owner, was born at Main Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, on 21 August 1849, the son of Arthur Wilson, a grocer, and his wife, Jane. He was educated at Mrs Alexander's school, Margaret Street, Glasgow (1854–9), and then at the ...