Sir Thomas Dakin (1808 – 1889) [The Ring] City Businessman and Lord Mayor of London.

Dakin was born in Knutsford, Cheshire on 8 February 1808, he was educated at Knutsford Grammar School and London University. He first worked for a wholesale and export druggist in the City which became Dakin Brothers in 1859 and had wide-ranging commercial interests. He promoted technical education and lectured on chemistry and electricity. He became a Freeman of the city of London in 1836, an Alderman in 1861, Sheriff in 1864 and Lord Mayor in 1869. He was elected MP in 1865 for Thetford in Norfolk and knighted at Windsor in 1872.

Dakin was the first chairman of the London Necropolis Company 1853-1870
Sir Thomas Dakin died at his home in West Kensington aged 82 on 24 May 1889, following a short illness caused by a fall on a Thames Conservancy barge.

Edward Ford North (1842-1927)
Edward married Sir Thomas Dakin’s daughter Edith who died in 1917. North was a director of the London Necropolis Company 1890-1927 and became the vice chairman in 1901.