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Addis, Sir Charles Stewart (1861–1945), banker and government adviser, was born on 23 November 1861 in Edinburgh, the youngest of twelve children of the Revd Thomas Addis (1813–1899), a Free Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Robina, daughter of a tea merchant in ...

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Sir Thomas Andrewes (d. 1659) by unknown artist private collection

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Andrewes, Sir Thomas (d. 1659), financier and regicide, was the son of Robert Andrewes of Feltham, Middlesex, a Plymouth adventurer and subscriber to the Massachusetts Bay Company, and his wife, Margaret. He was a member of the Leathersellers' Company (and its master in 1638–9), and from 1631 ran a wholesale linen drapery business at the ...

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Armstrong, William, Baron Armstrong of Sanderstead (1915–1980), civil servant and banker, was born in the Salvation Mothers' Home, Mare Street, Clapton, London, on 3 March 1915, the elder son of William Armstrong, of Stirling, and his wife, Priscilla Hopkins. Both his parents were ...

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William Armstrong, Baron Armstrong of Sanderstead (1915–1980) by Arnold Newman, 1978 Arnold Newman / Getty Images; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Attwood, Thomas (1783–1856), politician and currency theorist, was born on 6 October 1783 at Hawne House, near Halesowen, Shropshire, the third son and fifth child of Matthias Attwood (1746–1836), banker, and his wife, Ann Adams (1752–1835), the daughter of Thomas Adams of Cakemore...

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Thomas Attwood (1783–1856) by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1832 Birmingham Library Services, on loan to Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

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Bailey, Sir Abraham [Abe], first baronet (1864–1940), financier and politician in South Africa, was born at Cradock, Cape Colony, on 6 November 1864, the only son of Thomas Bailey (d. 1905) of Keighley, Yorkshire, a shopkeeper of Queenstown, which he represented in the ...

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Baillie, James Evan (1781?–1863), merchant, banker, and politician, was born in Bristol, probably in 1781, into a successful Scottish merchant-planter family that had settled in Bristol in the 1770s. He was baptized at St Augustine-the-Less, Bristol, on 26 June 1782, the third but second surviving son of ...

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Baring, (George) Rowland Stanley, third earl of Cromer (1918–1991), banker and diplomatist, was born on 28 July 1918, the only son and youngest of three children of Rowland Thomas Baring, second earl of Cromer (1877–1953), courtier, and his wife, Lady Ruby Florence Mary (1886–1961)...

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Thomas Baring (1799–1873) attrib. George Richmond, 1826 ING Bank, NV (London Branch). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Baring, Thomas (1799–1873), banker and politician, was born on 7 September 1799 at Lee, near Lewisham, Kent, the second of the four sons and five daughters of Sir Thomas Baring (1772–1848), landowner, and his wife, Mary Ursula Sealy, daughter of Charles Sealy, a barrister at ...

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Barnes, Sir Hugh Shakespear (1853–1940), administrator in India and banker, was born in Shahjahanpur, India, the son of James Ralph Barnes of the Indian Civil Service. His mother was sister of Sir Rivers Thompson (1827–1890), sometime governor of Bengal.

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Bartley, Sir George Christopher Trout (1842–1910), banker and politician, was born at Rectory Place, Hackney, on 22 November 1842, the son of Robert Bartley, of the War Office and his second wife, Julia Anna, née Lucas. After early education at Blackheath, at Clapton...

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Brand, Robert Henry, Baron Brand (1878–1963), merchant banker and public servant, was born on 30 October 1878 in Kensington, London, the seventh child and fourth son of Henry Robert Brand, second Viscount Hampden of Glynde (1841–1906), soldier, Liberal MP, and colonial governor, and his second wife, ...

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Robert Henry Brand, Baron Brand (1878–1963) by Elliott & Fry ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brown, Timothy (1743/4–1820), banker and radical, details of whose parentage and upbringing are unknown, was by 1778 residing at St Mary Hill, London, and working as a hop merchant. By this time he had probably married the woman named Sarah with whom he had six daughters and three sons, and on 11 September 1778 he was made free of the ...

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Carden, Sir Robert Walter, first baronet (1801–1888), banker and politician, was born in London on 7 October 1801, the youngest son of James Carden (1758–1829), a barrister, of Bedford Square, London, and Richmond, Surrey, and his wife, Mary (1765–1830), daughter of John Walter...

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Chamberlain, Sir Thomas (c. 1504–1580), diplomat and financial agent, was the son of William Chamberlain, a London merchant who is probably to be identified with the man of that name who died in 1549 as a parishioner of St Sepulchre without Newgate, and his wife, ...