The Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775-1920

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The Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775-1920, by Edward H. Milligan,[1] includes entries for some 2,800 people, arranged alphabetically. The last page is numbered 606.

Author[edit]

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.[2]

Indices[edit]

The work includes the following indices:

  • Illustrations (copious black and white)
  • Occupations
  • Places (Arranged by County and Town)
  • Apprentice masters
  • Schools attended

Other introductory and explanatory matter[edit]

The prelims (xviii pages)[edit]

  • Prologue
  • The Quaker background
  • Entry arrangement (a somewhat lengthy explanation, but highly relevant)
  • Abbreviations.

The appendices[edit]

  1. The Quaker calendar
  2. Editions of the Book of Discipline of London Yearly Meeting/Britain Yearly Meeting.
  3. Queries and general advices
  4. Regional and local area structure
  5. Census of attendance at Meetings 1851
  6. York apprentices
  7. 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 . . .
  • Bibliography
  • Epilogue (which envisages the setting up of a revision committee for this work).

The entries[edit]

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":

  • Albert (1836-1867), Kingsbridge
  • Alfred (1794-1874), Falmouth
  • Alfred Lloyd (1829-1885), Falmouth
  • Arthur Edward (1864-1940), Falmouth
  • Charles (1797-1878), Falmouth
  • Charles (1801-1860), Wellington
  • Charles Alfred (1848-1929), Kingsbridge
  • David (1790-1871), Dewesbury
  • David (1840-1901), Dewesbury
  • Dykes Alexander (1829-1905), Wellington
  • Edward (1749-1817), Wadebridge
  • Edward (1789-1845), Wellington
  • Edward Bonville (1886-1944), Plymouth
  • Francis (1765-1812), Plymouth
  • Francis (1772-1815), Parr
  • Francis (1797-1862), Wadebridge
  • Francis Edward (1834-1914), Tottenham
  • Francis William (1841-1914), Kingsbridge
  • Frederick (1798-1830), Falmouth
  • Frederick Hingston (1825-1910), Wadebridge
  • George (1746-1816), Wadebridge
  • George (1796-1882), Wadebridge
  • George Croker (1752-1807), Falmouth
  • George Croker (1785-1850), Falmouth
  • George Edward (1826-1912), Wadebridge
  • George Henry (1845-1931), Falmouth
  • Henry (1800-1876), Wellington
  • Howard (1836-1922), Falmouth
  • James (1741/2-1819), Plymouth
  • John Howard (1864-1951), Wellington
  • Joseph Hingston (1835-1912), Kingsbridge
  • Joseph Howland (1833-1915), Wellington
  • Joshua (1792-1877), Falmouth
  • Nathaniel (1835-1910), Falmouth
  • Robert Were (1754-1818), Falmouth
  • Robert Were (1789-1877), Falmouth
  • Robert Were (1792-1872), Wadebridge
  • Samuel (1781-1868), Nottingham
  • Samuel (1794-1874), Wellington
  • Samuel Lindoe (1830-1862), Wellington
  • Sylvanus (1791-1851), Wellington
  • Theodore (1831-1899), Falmouth
  • Thomas (1747/9-1821), Wadebridge
  • Thomas (1786-1862), Wellington
  • Thomas (1828-1898), Wellington
  • Thomas Were (1766-1844), Falmouth
  • William (1746-1820), Nottingham

For more about the Quaker Foxes, see Francis Fox of St Germans and the Fox family of Falmouth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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.