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Cotesworth, William (c. 1668–1726), merchant and industrialist, was born the second surviving son of Charles Cotesworth (1637–1687) of Eggleston, co. Durham, a yeoman farmer, and his wife, Anne (d. 1712). His eldest brother, Charles, remained on the land while Cotesworth himself was apprenticed in March 1683 to a prosperous ...

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Leathart, James (1820–1895), lead manufacturer and art collector, was born on 25 November 1820 at Hill House, Alston Moor, Alston, Cumberland, the son of John Leathart (b. 1793), mining engineer and lead miner, and Margaret Setree (1792–1870). He attended Alston grammar school...

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Middleton, Joshua (1647–1721), Quaker minister, was born at Darlington, co. Durham, the son of John (or Joshua) Middleton and his wife, Elizabeth. His family were the Middletons of Silksworth, co. Durham, a younger branch of the Middletons of Belsay Castle, Northumberland. Gilbert Middleton...

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Rand, Samuel (bap. 1588, d. 1654), physician, the eldest surviving son of the Revd James Rand (d. 1621), vicar of Norton, co. Durham (1578–1621) and prebend of Durham Cathedral (1606–20), and his wife, Margery, daughter of the Revd Edward Banckes, rector of ...

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Ridley, George [Geordie] (1835–1864), singer and songwriter, was born on 10 February 1835, in Gateshead, the eldest child of Matthew Ridley, ropemaker and sometime coalminer, born at Wrekenton near Gateshead about 1808, and his wife, Frances Stephenson (or Stevenson), born at Gateshead about 1812. ...

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Ryder, (John) Gordon (1919–2000), architect, was born on 5 December 1919 at 37 Lanehouse Road, Thornaby-on-Tees, Yorkshire, near Middlesbrough, the eldest of the two children of John (Jack) Ryder, brass moulder and foundry manager, and his wife, Bertha, née Sheard. He studied at the local grammar school and in 1936 entered articles to a ...