• Sir Donald Alexander Smith

    1820 - 1914

    Sir Donald Alexander Smith (1820 - 1914)

    Canadian fur trader, railway financier and diplomat. Sir Donald Alexander Smith was Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company (1889-1914). Financier behind the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Drove the Last Spike in Canada’s first transcontinental railway on November 7, 1885. Member of the Canadian House of Commons (1871-1878, 1887-1896). President, The Bank of Montreal; […]

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  • Sir Donald Coleman Bailey

    1901 - 1985

    Sir Donald Coleman Bailey (1901 - 1985)

    Bailey attended Rotherham Grammar School and The Leys School in Cambridge and then studied for a period at Sheffield University.  Bailey was a civil servant in the War Office when he designed his bridge. Another engineer, A.M. Hamilton, successfully demonstrated that the Bailey bridge breached a patent on the Callender-Hamilton bridge, though the Bailey bridge […]

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  • Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

    1833 - 1898

    Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833 - 1898)

    Artist. Born in Birmingham, he was the son of Edward, a frame-maker and gilder, and Elizabeth, who died within days of his birth. He was raised by his father and a housekeeper. Educated at Exeter College, Oxford, he originally studied theology and intended to go into the Church. But a visit to France in 1855 […]

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  • Sir Edward Darcy

    1970 - 1612

    Sir Edward Darcy (1970 - 1612)

    Landowner.Knight of Dartford, Kent. Third son of Sir Arthur Darcy and Mary Carew. Grandson of Sir Thomas Darcy and Dowasbel Tempest. Edward attended Trinity College at Cambridge in 1561, then from Stamford, Yorkshire. He was admitted to the Inner Temple in November of 1561. Edward married Elizabeth Astley, the daughter of Thomas Astley of Writtle […]

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  • Sir Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

    1803 - 1873

    Sir Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873)

    Author. He was the author of “The Caxtons”, “The Last Days of Pompeii” and many other novels. He was also a member of Parliament for St. Ives and Lincoln.

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  • Sir Edward Marshall-Hall

    1858 - 1927

    Sir Edward Marshall-Hall (1858 - 1927)

    Attorney. He was council for the defence in many notorious murder cases. He was educated at Rugby School and Cambridge, and intended to enter the priesthood. He soon decided to pursue a career as an actor, but was unable to memorize scripts and so instead trained in law, being called to the bar in 1888. […]

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  • Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee

    1853 - 1928

    Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee (1853 - 1928)

    Artist. A member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, he was born to a very artistic family; his father, brother and sister were all well-known artists. Elected president of the Royal Academy in 1924, he was knighted in 1925, but died suddenly three years later. (bio by: Kristen Conrad)  Family links:  Spouse:  Margaret Isabel Dicksee (1858 – […]

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  • Sir George Edward Fitzroy Kelly

    1796 - 1880

    Sir George Edward Fitzroy Kelly (1796 - 1880)

    Solicitor General and Attorney General. Born in London, the son of Robert Hawke Kelly a captain in the Royal Navy. His mother was the novelist Isabella Kelly, daughter of Captain William Fordyce. In 1824, he was called to the bar by Lincoln’s Inn, having already gained a reputation as a skilled special pleader. In 1837 […]

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  • Sir George Frampton

    1860 - 1928

    Sir George Frampton (1860 - 1928)

    Sculptor. Noted for his statue of Peter Pan located in Kensington Gardens, London.  Studied at Lambeth School of Art under W. S. Frith and R.A. Schools 1881-87, winning the Gold Medal and Travelling Scholarship. Studied under Antonin Mercie and Dagnan-Bouveret in Paris, 1888. Joint head of L.C.C. Central School of Arts and Crafts with Lethaby […]

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  • Sir George Hayter

    1792 - 1871

    Sir George Hayter (1792 - 1871)

    Artist, specializing in historical subjects, and a favorite of Queen Victoria.

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  • Sir George-Étienne Cartier

    1814 - 1873

    Sir George-Étienne Cartier (1814 - 1873)

    Statesman, Premier of Canada East, Father of Confederation. George-Étienne Cartier, son of Jacques Cartier and Marguerite Paradis, was baptized at Saint Antoine sur Richelieu, Vercheres County, in what would eventually become the province of Quebec, on September 6, 1814. He was named in honor of King George III. After completing his secondary education in 1831, […]

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  • Sir Henry Beckman

    1921 - 2008

    Sir Henry Beckman (1921 - 2008)

    Actor. He was a recognizable character performer of television, films and stage. He is best known to many for his role as George Anderson in the soap opera “Peyton Place” and as Colonel Douglas Harrigan in the 1960s series “McHale’s Navy”. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, he served in the Canadian Military during World […]

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  • Sir Henry Mill Pellatt

    1859 - 1939

    Sir Henry Mill Pellatt (1859 - 1939)

    Canadian Financier and Soldier. He is perhaps best known for his role in bringing hydro-electricity to Toronto, Ontario for the first time, and also for his famous château, called Casa Loma, in Toronto, which was the largest private residence ever constructed in Canada. Casa Loma would eventually become a famous landmark of the city. His […]

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  • Sir Horace Jones

    1819 - 1887

    Sir Horace Jones (1819 - 1887)

    English architect, famous for Tower bridge and Smithfield market. (bio by: julia&keld)  Family links:  Spouse:  Ann Elizabeth Jones (1839 – 1889)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Sir Horace Jones

    1819 - 1887

    Sir Horace Jones (1819 - 1887)

    English architect, famous for Tower bridge and Smithfield market. (bio by: julia&keld)  Family links:  Spouse:  Ann Elizabeth Jones (1839 – 1889)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Sir Horace Lamb

    1849 - 1934

    Sir Horace Lamb (1849 - 1934)

    Mathematician. Teacher of Sir John Cockroft and Sir Arthur Eddington, among others. Specialist in hydrodynamics. Father of the artist Henry Lamb. (bio by: David Conway)  Family links:  Spouse:  Elizabeth Foot Lamb (1845 – 1930)*  Children:  Helen Elizabeth Lamb Palmer (1876 – 1954)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Sir Hormusjee Naorojee Mody

    1838 - 1911

    Sir Hormusjee Naorojee Mody (1838 - 1911)

    Businessman, Philanthropist.  Founder of Hong Kong University. Born in Bombay to a Parsi family, Mody started a newspaper business as a teenager. He moved to Hong Kong between 1858 and 1860, thereafter becoming a successful businessman. He founded the company Chater & Mody with business partner Sir Catchick Paul Chater in 1868, starting in stock […]

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  • Sir Hugh Andrew Montague Allan

    1860 - 1951

    Sir Hugh Andrew Montague Allan (1860 - 1951)

    Businessman.  A shipbuilder and avid sportsman,  he established the Allan Cup,  the championship prize of amateur hockey.  He was made a Charter Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders Category in 1945.

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  • Sir Hugh Kerr Anderson

    1865 - 1928

    Sir Hugh Kerr Anderson (1865 - 1928)

    Scientist, Educator. A prominent physiologist, he served as Master of Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge, and was the Chairman of the Cambridge University Press in 1918. (bio by: David Conway)

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  • Sir James Abbott

    1807 - 1896

    Sir James Abbott (1807 - 1896)

    He joined the Bengal Artillery at the age of sixteen. He made a name for himself in the northwest frontier region of India in the middle part of the 19th century. In 1839, he undertook a mission to the Khanate of Khiva as part of the Great Game, the contest for influence in Central Asia […]

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  • Sir James Black

    1924 - 2010

    Sir James Black (1924 - 2010)

    Black was born on 14 June 1924 in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, the fourth of five sons of a Baptist family which traced its origins to Balquhidder, Perthshire. His father was a mining engineer. He was brought up in Fife, educated at Beath High School, Cowdenbeath, and, at the age of 15, won a scholarship to the […]

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  • Sir James Dowling

    1787 - 1844

    Sir James Dowling (1787 - 1844)

    Judge. Born in London, a son of Vincent Dowling of Queen’s County, Ireland. He went to St Paul’s School, London, and then became a parliamentary reporter until he was called to the Bar in May 1815. He practised at the Middlesex Sessions and, with Archer Ryland, edited King’s Bench Reports 1822-31, in nine volumes, and […]

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  • Sir James Matthew Barrie

    1860 - 1937

    Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860 - 1937)

    Playwright. Born in the small weaving town of Kirriemuir, Scotland in 1860, he is most remembered for the creation of “Peter Pan” and the world of “Never Land.” The story of “Peter Pan” began with a book called “The Little White Bird,” published in 1902. The character, Peter, was introduced as a baby, and he […]

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  • Sir John Alexander Boyd

    1837 - 1916

    Sir John Alexander Boyd (1837 - 1916)

    Lawyer and Judge. The only child of John Boyd and Margaret MacCallum. He married Elizabeth Buchan, on August 31, 1863,  and they had nine sons and three daughters. In 1856 he graduated from Upper Canada College. In 1860 he published in Toronto A summary of Canadian history, it also appeared with revisions by John as […]

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  • Sir John Betjeman

    1906 - 1984

    Sir John Betjeman (1906 - 1984)

    Poet. British poetry figure known for the works “Summoned by Bells” (1960), “Mount Zion”, “Collected Poems” (1958), “High and Low” (1966), “A Nip in the Air” (1974), “Church Poems” (1981), and “Uncollected Poems” (1982).

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  • Sir John Cass

    1970 - 1718

    Sir John Cass (1970 - 1718)

    Merchant and philanthropist, founded a school which still exists, not far form the church where he is buried.

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  • Sir John Dean Paul

    1970 - 1970

    Sir John Dean Paul (1970 - 1970)

    Banker and Chairman of the General Cemetery Company. He successfully pressed for his preference for the Classical style in the design of the buildings at Kensal Green.

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  • Sir John Fleet

    1970 - 1712

    Sir John Fleet (1970 - 1712)

    Governor of the East India Company, and President of St.Batholomew’s Hospital. MP and Lord Mayor of London in 1693. (bio by: David Conway)

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  • Sir John George Bourinot

    1837 - 1902

    Sir John George Bourinot (1837 - 1902)

    Canadian Historian, Political Scientist, Author. He is best known as an authority on the Canadian Constitution and Government. He wrote “Local Government In Canada” (1887), “Manual Of The Constitutional History Of Canada” (1888) and “How Canada Is Governed” (1895). (bio by: K)

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  • Sir John Gielgud

    1970 - 2000

    Sir John Gielgud (1970 - 2000)

    Actor. Born Arthur John Gielgud in South Kensington, London to Frank Gielgud, a stockbroker, and his wife, Kate Terry-Lewis. He attended Hillside preparatory school, where he first appeared onstage in a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’. At 17 he made his professional debut at the Old Vic in 1921 in a minor role in […]

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