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Barantyn, Drew (c. 1350–1415), goldsmith and mayor of London, was the younger son of Thomas Barantyn, lord of Chalgrove in Oxfordshire (he had an older brother, Thomas, who died in 1400). Barantyn's talents as a craftsman rather than his family connections were to be the key to his success in the world. He was apprenticed to ...

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Bowes, Sir Martin (1496/7–1566), goldsmith and mayor of London, was born in York in the parish of St Cuthbert, Peaseholme. Despite his disclaimer in 1549 that at the time of his going thirty-eight years previously to London at the age of fourteen (...

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Sir Martin Bowes (1496/77–1566) by unknown artist, 1562 unknown collection / Christie's; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Shaw [Shaa], Sir Edmund (d. 1488), goldsmith and mayor of London, was the son of John Shaa of Dukinfield in Cheshire. He was apprenticed in 1450 to a London goldsmith, probably Robert Butler, and completed his apprenticeship in 1458. Shortly after, in early 1462, he received a life grant of the office of engraver to the ...

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Twyford, Sir Nicholas (d. 1390/91), goldsmith and mayor of London, may have taken his name from Twyford in Buckinghamshire—his known kinsmen included Thomas Conelee of Buckinghamshire. The most prominent and prosperous goldsmith during the period 1360–90, Twyford was frequently involved in business dealings with ...