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Peter Rowntree

Peter Rowntree (1904-1985), son of Seebohm Rowntree. Cocoa Manufactur Read More...

Francis (Frank) Henry Rowntree (1868-1918)

Francis (Frank) Henry Rowntree (1868-1918), nephew of Joseph Rowntree and son of Henry Isaac Rowntree, was the founder of the York branch of the Fabian Society in 1908. The 1911 census records Frank and his wife Emily living at Haverford with a cook, housemaid and under-housema Read More...

Howard Doncaster Rowntree

Howard Doncaster Rowntree (1879-1974) was educated at Bootham School and University College London. He married Nora Sutherland Priestman in 1907. He worked as a draper, house furnisher and china dealer of Scarborough, where he ran the Rowntree department store. He died in the The Retreat aged 94. External Links http://www.pennyghael.org.uk/Priestman. Read More...

Theodore Hotham Rowntree

Theodore Hotham Rowntree (1867-1949) joined the firm in 1891, undertaking accounting and statistical work, and became the first Company Secretary from 1897 to 1924. He was also Liberal Councillor for Bootham on York Council from 1912 to 1919. He was the nephew of Joseph Rowntr Read More...

Sarah (née Stephenson) Rowntree

Sarah Rowntree, née Stephenson, was born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1807, the youngest child of Quaker parents, Isaac and Hannah Stephenson. Her parents moved from Stockton-upon-Tees to Manchester; and her father died unexpectedly in 1828. Three years later she met Joseph Rowntree, and in April 1831 he wrote to declare his feelings for her, more »< Read More...

Richard Rowntree (1921-1997) Director 1964-1994

Youngest son of Arnold Rowntree. He was active in politics, serving as a County Councillor and standing as a Liberal candidate for Parliament twice. A conscientious objector during the war, like his brother Michael, he served in the Friends Ambulance Unit which his father, Arnold, had helped set up in the previous war, more »< Read More...

Michael Rowntree (1919 – 2007)

Michael Rowntree was the second youngest of Arnold and May Rowntree’s six children, a family with Quaker Liberal principles and a tradition of public service. He was brought up in York and after Bootham School he went to Oxford, where his studies were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II in 1939. more »< Read More...

Kenneth Rowntree

Kenneth Rowntree was the son of Howard Doncaster Rowntree, West Parade, Scarborough, son of William Stickney Rowntree and Anna Mary Doncaster, b 1879; m Nora Priestman. Howard Rowntree managed the Rowntree department store in Scarborough. External Links http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/kenneth-rowntree Educational fact sheet for schools Kenneth Rowntree &nb Read More...

Julia Seebohm Rowntree

Julia Elizabeth Seebohm (1841-1863), daughter of Benjamin Seebohm (1798-1871), of German descent, and Esther Seebohm (born Wheeler, 1798-1864) from Hitchin. Both her parents were Quakers. She had two older brothers, Frederic and Henry. Frederic grew up to become a banker and much of his spare time was spent writing on economic history. Henry more »< Read More...

Joshua Rowntree

Joshua Rowntree (1844-1915) was a cousin of John Wilhelm Rowntree. He helped him in the reform and revival of the Quaker faith, and was a close supporter of the Woodbrooke Settlement School in Birmingham. He was a Mayor of Scarborough, a Liberal MP and a pioneer of the Adult School movement in the Scarborough area. S. more »< Read More...