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Brand, Sir David (1837–1908), advocate and local politician, was born in Glasgow on 27 December 1837, the eldest son of Robert Brand, a linen merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Thomson. He was educated at Glasgow Academy and the universities of ...

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Chipman, Ward (1754–1824), lawyer and local politician, was born on 30 July 1754 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the sixth of the twelve children of John Chipman (1722–1768), a lawyer, and Elizabeth Brown. Chipman entered Harvard College in 1766 and, upon graduation in 1770, delivered the commencement address. After studying law under ...

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Harmer, James (1777–1853), lawyer and local politician, was born in London, the son of a Spitalfields weaver. Left an orphan at the age of ten, he was articled to an attorney in 1792, but left because of an early marriage. He later transferred to ...

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Edward Theophilus Nelson (1874–1940) by unknown photographer, 1912 [detail] courtesy of Trafford Local Studies Centre

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Nelson, Edward Theophilus (1874–1940), barrister and local politician, was born on 22 October 1874 in Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana, the first son of Philip Nelson, a builder. Details of his mother are not known. Edward Nelson was of African descent, whose antecedents in the British colony had been freed from slavery in 1838, but not from the struggle for economic and social improvement. Progress was difficult, but the development of elementary schools and compulsory education from 1876 was beneficial to some. The cost of fees for secondary schooling was prohibitive for most Guianese, but by the 1880s a few scholarships for the most gifted pupils were available. In 1894 the first Guianese of African descent won a scholarship to attend a British university, despite the objections of the local sugar planters who dominated the colony. ...

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Ryland, Arthur (1807–1877), lawyer and local politician, was born on 23 August 1807 at Edgbaston, Birmingham, the fifth of six children of John Ryland (1773-1874), wire manufacturer, and his wife Sarah (1772-1841), daughter of Timothy Smith. After attending the ...