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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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Brodie, William [known as Deacon Brodie] (1746–1788), local politician and thief, was probably born at Brodie's Close, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, the eldest of eleven children of Francis Brodie (d. c.1787), a prominent and prosperous local cabinet-maker or wright, whose family had been members of the ...

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Charlton, Francis (bap. 1639, d. 1698), politician and conspirator, was baptized on 16 May 1639 at Wellington, Shropshire, the son of Francis Charlton of Apley Castle, Shropshire (d. 1642), and his wife, Mary (d. 1661), the daughter of Osmary Hill. This younger ...

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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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Cowley, Sir (William) Percy (1886–1958), judge and politician, was born at The Mount, Ramsey, Isle of Man, on 26 July 1886, the son of Robert Cowley, timber merchant and member of the House of Keys, and his wife, Emma Baker. He was educated at ...

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Cunningham, Andrew Willshire [Andy] (1910–2010), trade unionist, local government politician, and criminal, was born on 8 June 1910 at Summerside Place, Felling Shore, Heworth, co. Durham, the eldest of nine children of Albert Cunningham, foreman coal trimmer, and his wife, Margaret Jane, née...

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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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Lemprière, Michel [Michael] (1606–1671), magistrate and local politician, was the eldest of the four children of Hugh Lemprière (1562–1624), seigneur of Diélament, and at various times lieutenant-bailiff and judge-delegate of Jersey, and his second wife, Jeanne (d. 1647), daughter of Jean Hérault...

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

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Penington, Isaac (c. 1584–1661), local politician and regicide, was born in London, the eldest son of Robert Penington (1550–1627), a London merchant with estates in Norfolk and Suffolk, and Judith Shetterden (1559–1622), daughter of Isaac Shetterden of London. His younger brother Daniel Penington...

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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 ...

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Smith, Thomas Daniel [T. Dan] (1915–1993), local government leader and criminal, was born on 11 May 1915 at 62 Holly Avenue, Wallsend, Northumberland, the son of Robert Smith, miner, and his wife, Ada, née Clifford, charlady. His father suffered unemployment in the inter-war years; both parents held left-wing views, which he inherited. Educated at ...