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Acworth, Angus Whiteford (1898–1981), financier and conservationist, was born on 20 October 1898 at Braeside, Shoot Up Hill, Cricklewood, London, the only son and second of the four children of Joseph John Acworth (1853–1927), businessman, and his wife, Marion Whiteford, née Stevenson (1870–1964)...

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Alexander, George William (1802–1890), banker and philanthropist, was born on 25 April 1802 in Bunhill Row, London, the first of nine children, eight of whom survived to maturity, of William Alexander (1769–1819), bill broker, and his wife, Ann Alexander, née Barber (1774/5–1861), of ...

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Bancroft, Francis (1667–1728), financial agent and benefactor, was born in Spitalfields, London, on 26 October 1667, the second son of John Bancroft (bap. 1614, d. 1705), a City financier who became serjeant-carver to the lord mayor, and his second wife, Rebecka Cole (...

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Beit, Sir Otto John, first baronet (1865–1930), financier, philanthropist, and art connoisseur, was born on 7 December 1865 in Hamburg, Germany, twelve years after his brother Alfred Beit. He was the third son of Siegfried Beit (1818–1881), silk merchant, and his wife, Laura Caroline Hahn (...

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Sir Otto John Beit, first baronet (1865–1930) by H. Walter Barnett ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bonn, Leopold Bernhard (1850–1929), banker and philanthropist, was born on 3 August 1850 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the ninth child of Baruch Bonn, a prominent Jewish banker. He was privately educated. After the annexation of Frankfurt by Prussia in 1866, Bonn applied for denaturalization and moved to ...

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Chetham, Humphrey (bap. 1580, d. 1653), financier and philanthropist, the sixth child of Henry Chetham (c.1540–1603) of Crumpsall Hall, near Manchester, and his wife, Jane (c.1542–1616), the daughter of Robert Wroe of Heaton, was born at Crumpsall Hall, and baptized at ...

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Duncan, Henry (1774–1846), Church of Scotland minister and savings bank founder, was born at Lochrutton, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 8 October 1774, the third son of the minister George Duncan (1738–1807) and his first wife, Anne M'Murdo (d. 1824). He was educated at Dumfries Academy...

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Henry Duncan (1774–1846) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, c. 1843–6 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Forbes, Sir William, of Pitsligo, sixth baronet (1739–1806), banker and benefactor, was born on 5 April 1739 at Edinburgh, the eldest surviving son of Sir William Forbes, fifth baronet (1706/7–1743), advocate, and Christian Forbes (1705–1789), daughter of John Forbes and Susan, née Morison...

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Gurney, Samuel (1786–1856), banker and philanthropist, was born at Earlham Hall, near Norwich, on 18 October 1786, the second son of John Gurney (1749–1809), Quaker banker, of Norwich, and his wife, Catherine (1754–1792), daughter of John Bell, merchant, of London. He was the brother of ...

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Gurney, Samuel (1816–1882), philanthropist and banker, was born on 3 February 1816, at Upton, Essex, the second of three sons of Samuel Gurney (1786–1856), Quaker philanthropist and discount banker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Sheppard (d. 1855). He had six sisters.

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Hambro, Sir Everard Alexander (1842–1925), merchant banker and philanthropist, was born at Bransbury House, Willesden, in London, on 11 April 1842, the youngest of the three sons and one daughter of Baron Carl Joachim Hambro (1807–1877), merchant banker, and his wife, Caroline Gostenhofer (1810–1852)...

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Henry Hoare (1677–1725) by Michael Dahl Stourhead, The Hoare Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Hoare, Henry (1677–1725), banker and philanthropist, familiarly known as Good Henry by reason of his philanthropy, was born on 21 July 1677 in the parish of St Vedast-alias-Foster in the City of London, and baptized there. He was the second surviving son of ...

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Hodge, Sir Julian Stephen Alfred (1904–2004), merchant banker, businessman, and philanthropist, was born on 15 October 1904 at 12 Vicarage Road, Camberwell, London, the son of Alfred Hodge, a journeyman plumber and gas fitter, and his wife, Jane Emily, née Simcock (d...

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Samuel Lewis (1838–1901) by unknown artist reproduced by permission of Southern Housing Group Limited

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Lewis, Samuel (1838–1901), moneylender and philanthropist, was born on 14 May 1838 at 1 Lower Hurst Street, Birmingham, the elder of the two children of Frederick Lewis (b. c.1801), a dealer, and his wife, Sarah (c.1805–1872). They lived in impoverished slum conditions, and in 1841 his father was imprisoned for debt. On this, and on many other occasions, the family were rescued by benefits provided by the ...

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Lloyd, Charles (1748–1828), banker and philanthropist, was born in Edgbaston Street, Birmingham, on 22 August 1748, the second son of Sampson Lloyd (1727–1807) of Birmingham, iron manufacturer and banker and a member of the Society of Friends, and his second wife, Rachel (1712–1756)...