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Beale family (per. c. 1836–1912), lawyers, businessmen, and politicians, were already a well-established merchant family in Birmingham by the late eighteenth century.

William John Beale (1807–1883), the founder of Beale & Co., solicitors, of Birmingham and London, was the younger son of ...


Maples, John Cradock, Baron Maples (1943–2012), barrister, politician, and businessman, was born at Solway, Hill Head, Fareham, Hampshire, on 22 April 1943, the son of Thomas Cradock Maples (1905–1989), director of a wine company (then serving as a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve...


Hartley William Shawcross, Baron Shawcross (1902–2003) by unknown photographer, 1946 Getty Images


Shawcross, Hartley William, Baron Shawcross (1902–2003), barrister, politician, and businessman, was born on 4 February 1902 at Giessen, a small university town in Germany, the elder son (there were no daughters) of John Shawcross (1871–1966), lecturer in English literature at Giessen, and his Danish wife, ...