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James Anderson (1739–1808) by Samuel Freeman, pubd 1809 (after J. Anderson) ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anderson, James (1739–1808), agriculturist and political economist, born at Hermiston, near Edinburgh, inherited the tenancy of a large farm there at the age of fifteen when his parents (whose names are unknown) died. He had already prepared himself for the position by attending ...

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Ashby, Arthur Wilfred (1886–1953), agricultural economist, was born in the Warwickshire village of Tysoe on 19 August 1886, the eldest of eight children of Joseph Ashby (1859–1919), farmer and surveyor, and his wife and cousin, Hannah Ashby (b. 1861/2). His father was a remarkable man whose life, as told by his daughter, is the classic story of the articulate village leader of the second half of the nineteenth century for whom religion, farming, and politics were the stuff of life. Having left the village school a little before his twelfth birthday, young ...

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Clarke, William John Turner (1805–1874), pastoralist and financier in Australia, was born on 20 April 1805 at Bridgwater, Somerset, second son of William Clarke (c.1770–1813), Aldgate livestock dealer, and his wife, Sarah, née Turner (d. 1819), of Weston Royland, Somerset...

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Elmhirst, Leonard Knight (1893–1974), agricultural economist and philanthropist, was born on 6 June 1893 at Laxton, Yorkshire, the second of eight sons and nine children of the Revd William Heaton Elmhirst, clergyman, of Laxton, subsequently owner of the Elmhirst estate, Worsbrough Dale, Yorkshire...

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See Fraser, Simon Christopher Joseph, fifteenth Lord Lovat and fourth Baron Lovat

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Hardoon, Silas Aaron (1851–1931), merchant and property owner, was born in Baghdad, one of the six children of Aaron Hardoon. He moved with his family to Bombay about 1856. His family was poor and he received only an elementary education, possibly supported by the local ...

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Hornby, Sir Simon Michael (1934–2010), businessman and gardener, was born at 20 Devonshire Place, London, on 29 December 1934, the elder son and second of three children of Michael Charles St John Hornby (1899–1987), businessman, and his wife, Nicolette Joan, née Ward (1907–1988)...

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Loder, Robert (bap. 1589, d. 1638), farmer and accounts keeper, was baptized at Harwell, Berkshire, on 1 November 1589, one of three sons of John Loder (d. 1595) and of his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1608), daughter of Francis Forde of Garsington, Oxfordshire...

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Low, David (1786–1859), university professor, was born on 25 November 1786, probably at Woodend, Berwickshire, the eldest son of Alexander Low, land agent, of Laws, Berwickshire, and his wife, Susan Anderson. He was educated at Perth Academy and the University of Edinburgh. He assisted his father on his farms, and soon showed special aptitude as a land agent and valuer. In 1817 he published ...

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Monson, Sir John, second baronet (1599–1683), politician and financier of fen drainage, was born in St Sepulchre, London, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Monson, first baronet (1563/4–1641), of South Carlton in Lincolnshire, and his wife, Margaret (1569–1630), daughter of Sir Edmund Anderson...

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Murray, Keith Anderson Hope, Baron Murray of Newhaven (1903–1993), agricultural economist and university administrator, was born at 62 Great King Street, Edinburgh, on 28 July 1903, the third of five sons (there were no daughters) of Charles David Murray (1866–1936), judge of the ...

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Orwin, Charles Stewart (1876–1955), agricultural economist and historian, was born on 26 September 1876 at Horsham, Sussex, the only son of Frederick James Orwin and Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Campbell Stewart, of Blackheath, and niece of George Gawler, governor of South Australia (1838–41). Born into a medical family with a reputation for independent, radical thinking, from his earliest days ...

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Payne, Robert (d. 1593), writer on agriculture and entrepreneur, probably came from Nottinghamshire. Nothing is known of his family or his early life. He was the author of a single folio containing miscellaneous information for farmers and landowners, The Vale Mans Table: Herein is Taught … howe to Drain Moores...

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Pearson, Weetman John Churchill, third Viscount Cowdray (1910–1995), businessman and landowner, was born on 27 February 1910 at Midhurst, Sussex, the only son and third of six children of Weetman Harold Miller Pearson, second Viscount Cowdray (1882–1933), Liberal MP for Eye from 1906 to 1918, and his wife, ...

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Rothschild, Edmund Leopold de (1916–2009), merchant banker and horticulturist, was born at 46 Park Street, Mayfair, London, on 2 January 1916, the elder son and second of the four children of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (1882–1942), partner of NM Rothschild & Sons, the family's bank, and Conservative MP for ...

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Russell, George William [pseud. A. E.] (1867–1935), journalist, poet, and agricultural economist, was born on 10 April 1867 at William Street, in the Ulster town of Lurgan, the youngest of three children of Thomas Elias Russell (1822?–1900), a bookkeeper employed by Bell & Co....

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George William Russell (1867–1935) by John Butler Yeats, 1903 National Gallery of Ireland

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Russell, John Robert [Ian], thirteenth duke of Bedford (1917–2002), landowner and businessman, was born on 24 May 1917 at the home of his great-aunt, Lady Ela Russell, 51 Prince's Gate, Knightsbridge, London, the eldest child of Hastings William Sackville Russell, then marquess of Tavistock, later twelfth duke of Bedford...