The Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775-1920
The Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775-1920, by Edward H. Milligan, includes entries for some 2,800 people, arranged alphabetically. The last page is numbered 606.
The author is the former Librarian and Archivist of Meeting for Sufferings of Britain Yearly Meeting, who was responsible for the Library at Friends House, London and the co-operative biography project with two Quaker colleges in the United States. The author received the 2009 Besterman/McColvin Award for this work.
The work includes the following indices:
- Illustrations (copious black and white)
- Places (Arranged by County and Town)
- Apprentice masters
- Schools attended
Other introductory and explanatory matter
The prelims (xviii pages)
- The Quaker background
- Entry arrangement (a somewhat lengthy explanation, but highly relevant)
- The Quaker calendar
- Editions of the Book of Discipline of London Yearly Meeting/Britain Yearly Meeting.
- Queries and general advices
- Regional and local area structure
- Census of attendance at Meetings 1851
- York apprentices
- Friends Provident directors: an outsider's view
- Glossary (Mini-essays on 50 Quakerese terms and issues, such as the Beacon Controversy, The Contagious Diseases Acts, Disownment, the Manchester Difficulty, Plain Dress, Women's Meetings . . .
- Epilogue (which envisages the setting up of a revision committee for this work).
The Dictionary shows many kinship groups active in commerce and industry. It shows the female children of each subject, if they married a male who is also a subject. An example of kinship is the entries for people called "Fox":
- Milligan, Edward H (2007). The Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775-1920. York, U.K.: William Sessions Limited. ISBN 1-85072-367-2. Hardcover ISBN 978-1-85072-367-7
- reported in The Friend 19 June 2009. The Besterman/McColvin Award is given by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) for outstanding works of reference.