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Ashe, John (1597–1659), clothier and parliamentarian activist, was born in Westcombe, Somerset, the eldest son of James Ashe (d. 1646), clothier, and his wife, Grace Pitt, daughter of Richard Pitt of Weymouth. He was baptized at Batcombe, in the same county, on 27 October 1597. He married ...

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Chapman, Livewell (fl. 1643–1665), bookseller and Fifth Monarchist, was the son of Edward Chapman, a London scrivener. His father had died by the time he was apprenticed in the London Stationers' Company, on 6 November 1643, to Benjamin Allen, bookseller. After Allen's death in 1646 he continued his apprenticeship in ...

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Churchill, Awnsham (1658–1728), bookseller and politician, was born on 2 May 1658 in the parish of St Peter's, Dorchester, Dorset, the son of William Churchill (1628–1706), of Dorchester, who was also a bookseller, and Elizabeth Awnsham (d. 1714). He was apprenticed in 1676 to ...

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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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Davies, Sir Thomas (1631/2–1680), bookseller and lord mayor of London, was born between March 1631 and February 1632, one of the five children of John Davies (d. 1652) of Old Jewry in the City of London, merchant adventurer and member of the ...

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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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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 ...

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Jones, Sir Pryce Pryce- (1834–1920), draper and politician, was born on 16 October 1834 at Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales, the second son of William Jones, solicitor, of Newtown and his wife, Margaret Goodwin, who was related to Robert Owen. Though his Who's Who entry suggests that he had been privately educated other sources indicate that he attended the church elementary school in ...

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Kearley, Hudson Ewbanke, first Viscount Devonport (1856–1934), grocer and politician, was born on 1 September 1856, at Uxbridge, Middlesex, the youngest of ten children of George Ewbanke Kearley (1814–1876), plumber and later building contractor, and his wife, Mary Ann Hudson. Educated at Surrey county school, Cranleigh...

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Kennett, Brackley (c. 1713–1782), wine merchant and local politician, was born in Putney, Surrey, the son of John ‘Kinnick’, a waterman in Putney. Little is known about his business career, but it is likely that he began working on the rougher side of the tavern trade. He emerged as a wine merchant in ...

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Laurie, Gilbert (bap. 1718, d. 1787), apothecary and local politician, was born in Edinburgh and was baptized there on 24 October 1718. He was the son of Gilbert Laurie or Laury (d. after 1765?) of Crossrig, Berwickshire, a surgeon apothecary, and the first of his three wives, ...

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Leslie, Alexander (fl. 1796–1798), radical bookseller and publisher, was born in Jedburgh, moving to Edinburgh some time before 1796. Before becoming Bookseller to the Rabble, as he liked to describe himself, he was apprenticed in Edinburgh, possibly to one Andrew Leslie, shoemaker. Leslie...

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Monro, Henry (1758–1798), Irish nationalist and linen draper, was born in May or June 1758 in Lisburn, co. Antrim, Ireland, the second of three children. His father (1733–1793) was a Presbyterian, and his mother, Margaret Gorman (d. 1832), the daughter of a country gentleman of ...

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Northampton [Comberton], John (d. 1398), draper and mayor of London, was occasionally also called Comberton, a family name taken up by some chroniclers in a play upon the ‘comber’, or trouble, that his policies were supposed to have caused in London. The son of ...

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Oliver, Frederick Scott (1864–1934), draper and polemicist, was born on 20 February 1864 in Edinburgh, elder son of John Scott Oliver, merchant, and Catherine (d. 1869), daughter of Duncan McLaren. Nephew of John McLaren, Lord McLaren, and Charles McLaren, first Baron Aberconway...