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Sir Jerome Bowes (d. 1616) by unknown artist © English Heritage Photo Library

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Bowes, Sir Jerome (d. 1616), diplomat and glass maker, was the son of Sir John Bowes, landowner, of Elford, Staffordshire, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Richard Huddleston of Lancashire. For a man of his prominence and considerable notoriety, Bowes is rather an elusive person. He had a sister, ...

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Candlish, John (1816–1874), glass bottle manufacturer and politician, was born at Tarset, near Bellingham in Northumberland, and baptized on 28 April 1816, the eldest son of John Candlish (b. 1793), farmer, and his wife, Mary, née Robson. Following the death of his wife about 1820, the elder ...

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Carré, Jean [John Carre] (d. 1572), entrepreneur and glass manufacturer, was born in Arras, Artois, the son of Antoine Carré and Dunigell Michell Prevost, probably before 1520. It is likely that he passed at least part of his early working life in the town since his daughter ...

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Chance, Sir James Timmins, first baronet (1814–1902), glass manufacturer and lighthouse engineer, was born in Birmingham on 22 March 1814, the eldest of the six sons of William Chance (1788–1856), merchant and glass manufacturer, of Spring Grove, Birmingham, and his wife, Phoebe (...

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Glazebrook, Thomas Kirkland (1780–1855), glass manufacturer and writer, was born on 4 June 1780 at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, the son of the Revd James Glazebrook (1744–1803) and his wife, Dorothy, née Kirkland (d. 1834). Glazebrook lived for many years at Warrington, where he supervised his glass manufacturing business. He married ...

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Pellatt, Apsley (1791–1863), glass manufacturer, was the eldest son of Apsley Pellatt (d. 1826) and Mary, daughter of Stephen Maberly of Reading. He was born on 27 November 1791, probably at 80 High Holborn, London, where his father kept a glass warehouse. ...

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Richard Pilkington 1795–1869 by unknown artist Pilkington Archives Photographic Collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pilkington family (per. c. 1825–1925), glass manufacturers, came to prominence with Richard Pilkington (1795–1869) and William Pilkington (1800–1872), the brothers who in their lifetime came to dominate British window glass manufacture. Their father, William (1765–1831), came of upwardly mobile farming stock at ...

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Pilkington, Sir Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] (1920–1995), glass technologist, was born in Calcutta, India, on 7 January 1920, the son of Colonel Lionel George Pilkington, an engineer born in Australia, and Evelyne Bethune, from a Scottish family with business interests in India. In 1923 the family returned to ...

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Pilkington, William Henry [Harry], Baron Pilkington (1905–1983), glass manufacturer, was born at Eccleston Grange on the western outskirts of St Helens, Lancashire, on 19 April 1905, the eldest of three sons and two daughters of Richard Austin Pilkington (1871–1951), a descendant of the glass-making family [...

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Ravenscroft, George (1632/3–1683), merchant and glass manufacturer, was baptized in April 1633 at Alconbury Weston, near Huntingdon, the fourth of the eleven children of James Ravenscroft (1595–1680), lawyer and merchant, and his wife, Mary Peck of Spixworth, near Norwich. His parents were Roman Catholics, ‘church papists’, who practised their faith privately while outwardly conforming to the Anglican rite. In June 1643 they clandestinely sent ...

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Stephens, William (1731–1803), glass manufacturer, was born on 16 May 1731 in Cornwall, the first of five children of Oliver Stephens, a schoolmaster, and Jane Smith. His parents married in Exeter after his birth and the death of his father's first wife; the couple then had a further three sons and one daughter. About 1746 ...

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Turner, William Ernest Stephen (1881–1963), chemist and glass technologist, was born in Wednesbury, Staffordshire on 22 September 1881, the eldest son and second of the seven children of William George Turner and his wife, Emma Blanche Gardner, daughter of a London tradesman. His father worked, successively, as a railway porter, signalman, ironworks labourer, postman, and industrial insurance agent; he also served, throughout his working life, as deacon and elder in the ...