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Akroyd, Edward (1810–1887), industrialist and philanthropist, was born on 28 November 1810 at Brockholes, near Brookhouse, Ovenden, Halifax, the eldest of the ten children of Jonathan Akroyd (1782–1847) and his wife, Sarah, daughter of David Wright of Ovenden. Educated locally by an Anglican clergyman and at the ...

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Crawford, Sir William (1840–1922), industrialist and philanthropist, was born on 19 May 1840 at Maine Mount, Randalstown, co. Antrim in Ulster, the youngest of the ten children of the Revd Alexander Crawford (1790–1856), missionary and Presbyterian clergyman, and his wife, Anna, née Gardner (1803–1882)...

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Crossley, John (1812–1879), industrialist and philanthropist, was born on 16 May 1812 in Halifax, the sixth of the eight children of John Crossley (c. 1772–1837) [see under Crossley, Martha], carpet manufacturer, and his wife, Martha Crossley (1775–1854), daughter of Abraham Turner (1747–1805)...

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Faulkner, George (1790?–1862), industrialist and philanthropist, was born in Oldham Street, Manchester. In 1812 he became a partner in Samuel Faulkner & Co., a firm of cotton and silk spinners. In 1825 he and his friend John Owens built a profitable cotton mill in ...

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Musgrave, Sir James, baronet (1826–1904), industrialist and philanthropist, was born at Lisburn, co. Antrim, Ireland, on 30 December 1826, the seventh of nine sons (and one of the twelve children) of Dr Samuel Musgrave (1770–1836), a leading physician of Lisburn, and his wife, ...

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Sir James Musgrave, baronet (1826–1904) by Walter Frederick Osborne, 1898 Belfast Harbour Commissioners; photograph ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stuart Rendel, Baron Rendel (1834–1913) by unknown photographer, 1910 Getty Images

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Rendel, Stuart, Baron Rendel (1834–1913), industrialist, politician, and philanthropist, was born in Plymouth on 2 July 1834, the fourth son in the family of four sons and three daughters of James Meadows Rendel (1799–1856), civil engineer, and his wife, Catherine Jane, daughter of ...

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Sobell, Sir Michael (1892–1993), industrialist and benefactor, was born on 1 November 1892 at Boryslau, Galicia, the only son of Lewis Sobel and his wife, Esther. His family owned factories in the Austro-Hungarian empire and oil interests at Limburg in Germany, but his parents moved to ...

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Tata, Sir Dorabji Jamshed (1859–1932), industrial magnate and philanthropist, was born at Bombay on 27 August 1859, the elder son of Jamshed Nasarwanji Tata (1839–1904), pioneer of Indian industries, and his wife, Berabai (1847/8–1904), daughter of Kharsetji Daboo. The politician Shapurji Saklatvala was his first cousin. In 1875, after attending the ...

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Sir Dorabji Jamshed Tata (1859–1932) by Manchershaw Pithawalla ? Tata Central Archives

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Tata, Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy (1904–1993), aviator, industrialist, and philanthropist, was born in Paris on 29 July 1904, the second of five children of the Parsi industrialist Ratanji Dadabhai Tata (1856–1926) and his French wife, Suzanne, née Brière (1880–1923), who, upon marriage, was given by her husband the Parsi name ...

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Thom, Robert, of Ascog (1774–1847), civil engineer and industrialist, was born in the parish of Tarbolton, Ayrshire, in January 1774, the elder son of John Thom, tenant farmer. His mother's identity remains elusive because her name was not recorded in Thom's baptismal entry in the ...

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Zochonis, Sir John Basil (1929–2013), industrialist and philanthropist, was born on 2 October 1929 at Westfield, St Margaret's Road, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire, the only son and youngest of four children of Constantine Polychronis Zochonis (1894–1951), shipping merchant in the family firm of West African merchants, ...