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Andrews, William (1835–1914), industrial designer, entrepreneur, and politician, was born in Coventry on 17 March 1835, the only son of three children of James and Isabella Andrews. His father was a Scot, a former regular soldier, and small businessman of Coventry. Andrews attended ...

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Barlow, Sir Thomas [Tommy] Dalmahoy (1883–1964), industrialist and banker, was born in London on 23 February 1883, the second son in the family of three sons and two daughters of Sir Thomas Barlow (1845–1945), physician-extraordinary to Queen Victoria and kings Edward VII and ...

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Sir Thomas Dalmahoy Barlow (1883–1964) by Walter Stoneman, 1934 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beckett, Sir Terence Norman (1923–2013), industrialist and business leader, was born on 13 December 1923 at 41 Tasker Street, Walsall, the son of Horace Norman Beckett (1901–1979), a junior civil servant, and his wife, Clarice Lillie, otherwise Clarice Lillian, née Allsopp (1892–1967), both from ...

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Bond, Sir Kenneth Raymond Boyden (1920–2006), accountant and industrialist, was born on 1 February 1920 at 38 Harborough Road, Streatham, London, the son of James Edwin Bond, a Post Office sorter who had served as a sergeant-major in the Royal Engineers during the First World War, and his wife, ...

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Broackes, Sir Nigel (1934–1999), financier and industrialist, was born at One Ash, Church Lane, Wakefield, Yorkshire, on 21 July 1934, the son of Donald Broackes (d. 1943), a solicitor, and his wife, Nancy Rowland Tansley. His father died while serving in the army in 1943, leaving an estate of just ...

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Cable, Ernest, Baron Cable (1859–1927), financier and industrialist, was born in Calcutta, India, on 1 December 1859, the only son of George Herbert Cable (1823–1876), a superintendent in the Indian customs and excise service, and his wife, Emily Maria née Pickersgill. He was considered too delicate to send to ...

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Clark, Sir Allen George (1898–1962), entrepreneur and industrialist, was born on 24 August 1898 in Brookline, Massachusetts, in the United States of America, the elder child and only son of Byron George Clark, a businessman who travelled extensively in Europe on behalf of the ...

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Cookson family (per. c. 1700–1863), industrialists and bankers, came to prominence with Isaac Cookson (bap. 1679, d. 1743), glass and iron manufacturer, who was baptized in Penrith on 3 March 1679, the third of seven children of William Cookson (c...

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(Frank) Dudley Docker (1862–1944) by unknown photographer, c. 1916 ? reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Docker, (Frank) Dudley (1862–1944), industrialist and financier, was born at Paxton House, South Street, Smethwick, on 26 August 1862, youngest son of Ralph Docker (1809–1887), a solicitor who was for many years coroner for East Worcestershire and clerk of Smethwick's board of health...

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Edwards, Sir Ronald Stanley (1910–1976), economist, was born on 1 May 1910 in New Southgate, London, the second of three sons (the eldest having died in childhood) of Charles Edwards, a gas fitter, and his wife, Alice Osborne. He was educated at Garfield Road primary school, Southgate...

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Forbes, Sir Archibald Finlayson (1903–1989), industrialist and banker, was born on 6 March 1903 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, the elder child and only son of Charles Forbes, chief constable of Johnstone, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of James Robertson, slater and plasterer, also of ...

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Fox, Robert Were (1754–1818), merchant and industrial entrepreneur, was born on 5 July 1754 in Fowey, Cornwall, the second of the five sons of George Croker Fox (d. 1807) and his wife, Mary. The Foxes were a Quaker family holding a long-established and significant position in Cornish commercial life. As mine owner, merchant, and shipping agent, ...

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Gibbins family (per. c. 1770–1919), manufacturers and bankers, came to prominence with Joseph Gibbins senior (1756–1811), who became a button maker in Birmingham. As businessmen, Quakers were required to act with scrupulous honesty in all their business dealings and Joseph Gibbins...

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James Edward Hanson, Baron Hanson (1922–2004) by Yousuf Karsh, 1978 Camera Press, London

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Hanson, James Edward, Baron Hanson (1922–2004), industrialist and financier, was born on 20 January 1922 at Wood Bank, Scar Lane, Golcar, Huddersfield, the elder son of Robert Hanson (1892–1973), businessman, and his wife, Louisa Ann, daughter of Albert Edward Rodgers. His father was a hard, domineering man who controlled several companies engaged in road haulage, coach operations, and coach travel, and whose early nineteenth-century ancestors had owned the pack-horses that carried cloth from weavers' cottages on the ...

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Kenneth Alexander Keith, Baron Keith of Castleacre (1916–2004) by Brian Griffin, 1977 ? Brian Griffin; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Keith, Kenneth Alexander, Baron Keith of Castleacre (1916–2004), merchant banker and industrialist, was born on 30 August 1916 at the Wicken House, Castle Acre, Norfolk, the elder of the two sons of Edward Charles Keith (1877–1972), farmer and natural history author, and his wife, ...