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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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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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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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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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Verzelini, Jacob (1522–1607), glass maker, was born in Venice, probably into a family already engaged in the glass trade; a brother, Nicholas (d. 1604), was active in Liège and London; another brother, Jasper, remained in Venice. Verzelini went to Antwerp about 1549. His marriage there in September 1556 to ...