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Dixon, Herbert (1880–1950), businessman, politician, and 1st Baron Glentoran, was born 23 January 1880 at Strand town, fourth son of Daniel Dixon (1844-1907), businessman, later high sheriff of Co. Down (1896), mayor (1892) and lord mayor (1893, 1901–3, 1905–7) of Belfast, knight (1892) and baronet (1903), and MP for Belfast North 1905–7, and his second wife, Annie (m. 1870), daughter of James Shaw of Belfast. Herbert was educated at Rugby and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was then c...