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Coke, Gerald Edward (1907–1990), merchant banker and patron of the arts, was born on 25 October 1907 at Bruton Street, London, the only son and eldest of three children of Sir John Spencer Coke, major in the Scots Guards and royal equerry (seventh son of ...

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Godley, Wynne Alexander Hugh (1926–2010), economist and musician, was born at 53 Porchester Terrace, Paddington, London, on 2 September 1926, the younger son of the Anglo-Irish Hugh John Godley, second Baron Kilbracken (1877–1950), and his first wife, Elizabeth Helen Monteith, formerly Usborne, née...

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Gye, Frederick, the younger (1810–1878), businessman and opera manager, was born on 18 January 1810, in London, where he was baptized at St Benet Gracechurch on 31 March 1811, at Finchley, Middlesex, the son of Frederick Gye the elder and his wife Sarah Pead ...

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Ingrams, Leonard Victor (1941–2005), banker and opera impresario, was born on 1 September 1941 at Stoneycrest Nursing Home, Hindhead, Surrey, the fourth and youngest son of Leonard St Clair Ingrams (1900–1953), banker, and his second wife, Victoria Susan Beatrice, née Reid (1908–1997). His father served in the ...

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McLaren, Malcolm Robert Andrew (1946–2010), music and fashion industry entrepreneur, was born at 47 Carysfort Road, Stoke Newington, London, on 22 January 1946, the younger son of Peter James Philip McLaren (1919–1999), a mechanic of Scottish descent who had served as a sapper in the ...

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Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren (1946–2010) by Stuart Nicol, 1980 ? Getty Images

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Perrot, Robert (c. 1478–1550), church musician and land speculator, was the second son of George Perrot, gentleman, of Haroldston, near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, and Isabel Langdale of Langdale, near Scarborough, Yorkshire. He was born at Hackness, immediately neighbouring Langdale. Of his education and musical training nothing is known, though an early connection with ...

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Poekrich [Pockrich], Richard (1696/7–1759), inventor of musical glasses and social and economic reformer, was born in Aghnamallagh, near the town of Monaghan, Ireland, and was descended from a Cromwellian planter family which had been granted land in co. Monaghan in the seventeenth century. His father, a landed gentleman also named ...

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Speyer, Sir Edgar, baronet (1862–1932), railway financier and patron of music, was born in New York on 7 September 1862, the second son of Gustavus Speyer, a Jewish banker, of Frankfurt, and his wife, Sophia, daughter of Rudolph Rubino, of Fritzlar, Prussia, and ...

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Sir Edgar Speyer, baronet (1862–1932) by Sir William Orpen, exh. RA 1914 Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Waley, Simon Waley (1827–1875), composer and banker, was born on 23 August 1827 at Stockwell, London, the younger son of Solomon Jacob Waley (d. 1864) and his wife, Rachel Hort; Jacob Waley (1818–1873) was his elder brother. He became a prominent member of the ...

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Ernest Albert Whitfield, first Baron Kenswood (1887–1963) by Walter Stoneman, 1951 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Whitfield, Ernest Albert, first Baron Kenswood (1887–1963), violinist and economist, was born on 15 September 1887 in London, the younger son of John Henry Christopher Whitfield of London and his wife, Louisa, daughter of Michael Farren of Copenhagen. He was educated at Archbishop Tenison's School...