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Ames, Jeremiah (1706–1776), banker and merchant, was born on 20 July 1706 at Evercreech, near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, one of eight children of Levi Ames (d. 1726), grocer, and his first wife, Hannah (d. 1711), daughter of John Watts of Doulting, Somerset...

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Alexander Baring, first Baron Ashburton (1773–1848) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1810 ING Bank, NV, London Branch

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Baring, Alexander, first Baron Ashburton (1773–1848), merchant and banker, was born on 27 October 1773 (the frequently cited date of 1784 is incorrect) in Mincing Lane, London, the second child of the six sons and six daughters of Sir Francis Baring (1740–1810), merchant and banker, and his wife, ...

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Joshua Bates (1788–1864) by unknown artist ING Bank, NV, London Branch

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Bates, Joshua (1788–1864), merchant and banker, was born on 10 October 1788 at Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States, the youngest of three children and only son of Colonel Joshua Bates (d. 1804), a leading local businessman, and his wife, Tirzah, née Pratt. He was educated at public schools and by the ...

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Brown, Alexander (1764–1834), merchant and banker, was born on 17 November 1764 in Ballymena, co. Antrim, the son of William Brown (b. 1715) and Margaret Davison. There may have been as many as thirteen children in the family, but only four—three sons, of whom ...

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Buonvisi, Antonio [Anthony] (1487–1558), merchant and banker, was born in Lucca, Italy, on 26 December 1487, the younger son of Benedetto Buonvisi (d. 1516) and Filippa Cenami. He belonged to an ancient family which was descended from a councillor of the emperor ...

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Carr, Ralph (1711–1806), merchant and banker, was born on 22 September 1711, the eldest son of John Carr (1667–1739), of Whickham and Newcastle upon Tyne, and his wife, Sarah (1679–1733), daughter of William Wynne of Newcastle. Carr was apprenticed to a Newcastle merchant at the age of seventeen, serving out the last year of his time with one of his master's correspondents in ...

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Thomas Sivewright Catto, first Baron Catto (1879–1959) by Walter Stoneman, 1943 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Catto, Thomas Sivewright, first Baron Catto (1879–1959), merchant and banker, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne on 15 March 1879, the fifth son and seventh child of William Catto (1835–1885), shipwright, of Peterhead, and his wife, Isabella, daughter of William Yule, sea captain. His father had moved to ...

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Collet, Sir Mark Wilks, first baronet (1816–1905), merchant and banker, was born at Highbury Grove, Highbury, Middlesex, the second of three sons of James Collet, a native of the Isle of Man, and his wife, Wendelina Elizabeth van Brienen, of Dutch origin. His father died when ...

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Coutts, John (1699–1750), merchant and banker, was born on 28 July 1699, probably in Edinburgh, the son of Patrick Coutts of Edinburgh and his wife, Jean, née Dunlop. His father's family had long been settled in Montrose, where his grandfather John was provost in 1677. His mother came from the ...

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Deorman (fl. 1119–1141), moneyer and merchant, was a member of the first London family of moneyers for whom biographical details can be assembled, and his importance lies in what they reveal about the prominent but largely unknown class of men responsible for organizing and running the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman ...

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Garner, Richard (d. in or after 1415), merchant and master of the mint, was born in Piedmont, Italy, but had migrated to London by 1400–01 where he began an eventful career as a resident alien merchant. He exported wool, for instance, on the Venetian ...

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Heath, John Benjamin (1790–1879), merchant and banker, was born on 6 June 1790 at Genoa, Italy, the eldest son in a family of two sons and three daughters of John Heath (1749–1830), a merchant, and his wife, Jane Louise Pasteur (1736–1834). His father came from a nonconformist family which during the 1720s had been involved in the west-country wool trade. This ...

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Herries, Sir Robert (c. 1731–1815), merchant and banker, was the eldest son of William Herries of Halldykes in Dryfesdale, Dumfriesshire, a distant descendant of the lords Herries of Terregles, and his first wife, Catherine, née Henderson. He had two brothers, two half-brothers, and one half-sister....