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See Barnham [née Bradbridge], Alice

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Basing, Adam of (d. 1262x6), draper, is believed to have been the son of the aldermanic landowner Peter of Basing; he was the grandson of Solomon of Basing, alderman of London and mayor in 1217. Adam became a draper and city merchant, achieving eminence as a supplier to the royal household while at the same time pursuing a successful civic career. Little detail is known of his political activity in ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Cade, John (1734–1806), linen draper and antiquary, was born in January 1734 at Darlington, where he was educated at the free grammar school. He was employed by a wholesale linen draper in London; within a few years he was in charge of the counting-house, and subsequently became a partner at the ...

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Cook, Sir Thomas (c. 1410–1478), draper and mayor of London, was the eldest son of Thomas Cook, draper, a warden of London Bridge (1440–57), and grandson of Robert Cook of Lavenham, Suffolk; the family were probably weavers and clothiers and the move to become drapers of ...

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Cotton, Roger (c. 1557–1602), draper and poet, was born in Whitchurch, Shropshire, the fifth of six sons of Ralph Cotton, esquire, of Alkington in the parish of Whitchurch, and his wife, Jane, daughter and heir of John Smith (or Tarbock) of Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire...

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See Debenham, Sir Ernest Ridley, first baronet

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Duncon, Samuel (1607–1680), haberdasher and pamphleteer, was the second son of John Duncon of Mendlesham, Suffolk; details of his place of birth and of his mother are unknown. In 1624 he was apprenticed to Edmund Kene, an Ipswich merchant and portman, or chief burgess. ...

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Edgar, William (1790/91–1869), haberdasher, was born at Kirk St Andrew, Cumberland, the son of a farmer. Nothing is known of his schooling, but it was said that Edgar came to London where he had a stall in St James's market, Westminster, under which he used to sleep at night. He then joined forces with ...

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G. C. Boase

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Ellis, Wynne (1790–1875), haberdasher and art collector, was born at Oundle, Northamptonshire, in July 1790, the son of Thomas Ellis, who traced his ancestry to the Ellises of mid-Wales, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Ordway. He received a good education, then went to ...

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Fishborne, Richard (1562?–1625), mercer and philanthropist, was born in Huntingdon of unknown parentage. Local legends about his origins vary; one account quotes a baptism entry for Richard son of John Fishborne in January 1562 in the village of Godmanchester, outside Huntingdon, although surviving ...

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Fransham, John (bap. 1670, d. 1753?), linen draper and writer, was born in Norwich and baptized there at St Peter Mancroft on 22 May 1670, the youngest son of Robert Fransham (d. 1718), a linen draper, and his wife, Susannah or Susan...

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Gedney [Brodyng], John (d. 1449), draper and mayor of London, is of unknown origins. In a petition to parliament in 1419 he styled himself John Brodyng, alias Gedney. He may have been related to two other John Gedneys recorded in early fifteenth-century London...

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Gresham, Sir Richard (c. 1485–1549), mercer, merchant adventurer, and mayor of London, was born at Holt, Norfolk, about 1485, probably the third of the four surviving sons—William, Thomas, Richard, and Gresham, Sir John (c. 1495–1556)—of John Gresham and his wife, ...

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Baptist Hicks, first Viscount Campden (1551?–1629) attrib. Paul van Somer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hicks, Baptist, first Viscount Campden (1551?–1629), mercer and moneylender, was the third son of Robert Hicks (d. 1557), a rich London citizen. He was probably educated at St Paul's School, and then at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was brought up in, and inherited, his father's flourishing mercer's business at the ...

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Ireton, John [created Sir John Ireton under the protectorate] (1615–1690), mercer and mayor of London, was born at Attenborough, Nottinghamshire, and baptized there on 17 October 1615, the son of German Ireton (d. 1624) and his wife, Jane. Recent arrivals from Derbyshire...

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Jenks, Francis (bap. 1640, d. 1686), linen draper and whig activist, was the son of Herbert Jencks, esquire, of New Hall, Shropshire, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was baptized at Eaton under Heywood, Shropshire, on 5 November 1640. Apprenticed in 1658 to a member of the ...