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Boles, Sir John Dennis [Jack] (1925–2013), colonial administrator and director-general of the National Trust, was born on 25 June 1925 at Stepney Tower Nursing Home, Southsea, Portsmouth, the son of Geoffrey Coleridge Boles (1887–1976), naval officer, and his wife, Hilda Frances, née Crofton (1894–1943)...

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Grant, Charles (1746–1823), director of the East India Company and philanthropist, was born in March 1746 at Aldourie farmhouse, Glen Urquhart, his mother's home, on Loch Ness in Inverness-shire in the highlands of Scotland. He was the third of seven children born to ...

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James Habersham (1713–1775) by Jeremiah Theus, 1772? Collection of Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia; Bequest of Emma Cheves Wilkins

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Habersham, James (1713–1775), benefactor and colonial official, was born in June 1713 at Beverley, Yorkshire, the son of James Habersham (d. in or after 1736), a dyer and innkeeper, and Elizabeth, née Sisson (d. 1720). Upon his mother's death, his father apprenticed him, aged seven, to his uncle, ...

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Lowndes, Thomas (bap. 1692, d. 1748), colonial official and benefactor, was baptized at Astbury, Cheshire, on 7 December 1692. He was the second son of William Lowndes of Overton, an estate at Astbury, and his wife and cousin Elizabeth, daughter of Ralph Lowndes...

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Ricketts, John William (1791–1835), social activist, the fourth and youngest child of Lieutenant John Henry Ricketts (1767–1792) and his Indian companion, Bibi Zeenut Ricketts (c.1770–1824), was born in October 1791. His father, the eldest son of an English surgeon, served as an engineer officer in the ...

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Elihu Yale (1649–1721) by Enoch Seeman the younger, 1717 ? Yale University Art Gallery

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Yale, Elihu (1649–1721), merchant and administrator in India and benefactor, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 5 April 1649, the second son of David Yale (1614–1690) of Denbighshire, merchant, and Ursula Yale (b. c.1624). In 1652 Elihu's family returned to Britain...