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Ralph Bigland (1712–1784) by Charles Townley, 1771 (after Richard Brompton) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Bigland, Ralph (1712–1784), herald and cheesemonger, was born on 29 January 1712 at Stepney, Middlesex, the only son of Richard Bigland (1658–1725) of Wapping, tallow chandler, and his second wife, Mary (1676–1736), daughter of George Errington of Benwell, Northumberland. His father was a native of ...


Fortnum, Charles (1738–1815), royal servant and grocer, is presumed to be the son of William Fortnum, of Berkeley Street, Portman Square, London. He had a brother and a sister. His grandfather William Fortnum is said to have become a footman to Queen Anne...