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Amory, Derick Heathcoat, first Viscount Amory (1899–1981), industrialist and politician, was born on 26 December 1899 in London, the second son of Sir Ian Murray Heathcoat Heathcoat-Amory, second baronet (1865–1931), and his wife, Alexandra Georgina (d. 1942), daughter of Vice-Admiral Henry George Seymour...

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Derick Heathcoat Amory, first Viscount Amory (1899–1981) by Walter Stoneman, 1955 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ashton, Thomas Gair, first Baron Ashton of Hyde (1855–1933), industrialist and politician, was born at Ashfield, Fallowfield, Lancashire, on 5 February 1855, the eldest son of Thomas Ashton (1818–1898), cotton manufacturer, of Hyde, Cheshire, and his wife, Elizabeth (1831–1914), daughter of Samuel Stillman Gair...

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Alfred Baldwin (1841–1908) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1897 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baldwin, Alfred (1841–1908), industrialist and politician, was born at Stourport, Worcestershire, on 4 June 1841, the youngest of twelve children of George Pearce Baldwin (1789–1840), a small-scale iron founder and businessman, and his second wife, Sarah Chalkley Stanley (1801–1874), the eldest daughter of the ...

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Browne, Isaac Hawkins (1745–1818), politician and industrialist, the only son of Isaac Hawkins Browne (1706–1760), poet and MP, and Jane Trimnell (d. c.1779), daughter and coheir of David Trimnell, archdeacon of Leicester, was born on 7 December 1745 and baptized on 16 December at ...

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Chamberlain, Joseph [Joe] (1836–1914), industrialist and politician, was born on 8 July 1836 at 3 Grove Hill Terrace, Camberwell, Surrey, the first of the nine children of Joseph Chamberlain (1796–1874), cordwainer and metal manufacturer, and his wife, Caroline (1808–1875), daughter of Henry Harben...

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Chambers, Sir (Stanley) Paul (1904–1981), civil servant and industrialist, was born at 3 Russell Road, Bowes Park, Southgate, London, on 2 April 1904, sixth of the eight children (six boys and two girls) of Philip Joseph Chambers, commercial clerk (later company secretary and finally cigar merchant), and his wife, ...

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John Kynaston Cross (1832–1887) by unknown engraver, pubd 1874 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cross, John Kynaston (1832–1887), industrialist and politician, was born on 13 October 1832 in Bolton, the eldest son of John Cross, cotton manufacturer, and his wife, Hannah, daughter of Richard Kynaston, another Bolton mill owner. He was educated privately, and on 3 June 1858 married ...

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Dadabhoy, Sir Maneckji Byramji (1865–1953), industrialist and politician in India, was born in Bombay on 30 July 1865. He came of a much respected Parsi family, the second son of Khan Bahadur Byramji Dadabhoy JP, registrar of joint stock companies and assurances. He was educated in ...

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Davies, David (1818–1890), industrialist and politician, was born at Drain-Tewion, Llandinam, Montgomeryshire, on 18 December 1818, the eldest of the nine children of David Davies (d. 1846), farmer and timber sawyer, and his wife, Elizabeth (probably née Felix). He left the village school at the age of eleven, and helped his father in farming and sawing timber; in later life he sometimes boasted that he was always ‘top sawyer’. When his father died in 1846 he had to support the family, but his career took a dramatic new turn when he was asked to undertake a contract to build a bridge over the ...

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Dearing, Ronald Ernest [Ron], Baron Dearing (1930–2009), civil servant, industrialist, and public servant, was born on 27 July 1930 at 19 Albert Avenue, Hull, the elder son of Ernest Henry Ashford Dearing (1898–1941), a shipping clerk at Hull Docks, and his wife, Mildred Turner, ...

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Delaval, John Hussey, Baron Delaval (1728–1808), industrialist and politician, was born on 17 March 1728, the second of twelve children of Captain Francis Blake Delaval RN (bap. 1692, d. 1752) [see under Delaval family] and his wife, Rhoda Apreece (d...

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Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn (1814–1892) by James Andrews ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dillwyn, Lewis Llewelyn (1814–1892), industrialist and politician, was born on 19 May 1814 at The Willows, Swansea, the fourth of the six children of Lewis Weston Dillwyn (1778–1855), botanist and MP, and his wife, Mary Adams (1776–1865), natural daughter of John Llewelyn of ...

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Elliot, Sir George, first baronet (1814–1893), industrialist and politician, was born in Gateshead on 18 March 1814, the son of Ralph Elliot, pitman, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Braithwaite, of Newcastle upon Tyne. He began work as a pit boy in 1823 at the ...

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Ferranti, Basil Reginald Vincent Ziani de (1930–1988), industrialist and politician, was born on 2 July 1930 in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, the younger son and youngest of the five children of Sir (Gerard) Vincent Sebastian de Ferranti (1893–1980) [see under Ferranti, Sebastian Ziani de (1864-1930)...

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Fielden, John (1784–1849), industrialist and politician, was born on 17 January 1784 at home at Laneside, Todmorden, Lancashire, the third of the eight children of Joshua Fielden (1748–1811), tenant farmer and clothier, and his wife, Jennifer (Jenny) Greenwood (1749–1825). He had no formal schooling. From a very early age he worked in his father's spinning mills and accompanied him on weekly trips to ...

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Gregson, John, Baron Gregson (1924–2009), industrialist and politician, was born on 29 January 1924 at 21 Jobling Street, Bradford, Manchester, the youngest of three sons of John Gregson, a clerk at a motor works, and his wife, Isabel, née Thompson. At the time of his birth his family lived at ...