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Edward Backwell (c. 1619–1683) by unknown engraver, pubd 1797 © Copyright The British Museum

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Backwell, Edward (c. 1619–1683), goldsmith and banker, the son of Barnaby Backwell of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, a yeoman, was apprenticed in 1635 to Thomas Vyner, a leading goldsmith. He became free of the Goldsmiths' Company in 1651, of which he was to be prime warden in 1660....

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Sir Francis Child the elder (1641/22–1713) by unknown artist © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Child, Sir Francis, the elder (1641/2–1713), goldsmith and banker, was baptized on 14 December 1642, the sixth son of Robert Child, clothier of Heddington, near Devizes, Wiltshire, and his wife, Jane. He had eight brothers and two sisters. On 6 March 1657 Child...

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Fowle, Sir Thomas (bap. 1637, d. 1692), goldsmith and banker, was baptized on 6 January 1637, the fifth son of Edward Fowle, a yeoman, and his wife, Barbara, of Stanton St Bernard, Wiltshire. The family held enough leasehold and copyhold land directly to support the two elder sons, ...

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Sir Hugh Myddelton, baronet (1556x60?60–1631) by Cornelius Johnson, 1628 The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Mary Frick Jacobs Collection, BMA 1938.196

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Myddelton [Middleton], Sir Hugh, baronet (1556x60?–1631), goldsmith and entrepreneur, was born probably between 1555 and 1560 at Galch Hill in the parish of Henllan, Denbighshire, north Wales. He was the sixth son of the nine sons and seven daughters of Richard Myddelton (...

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Vyner [Viner], Sir Robert, baronet (1631–1688), goldsmith and banker, was born in Warwick, the third son of William Vyner and his second wife, Susannah, née Fulwood. The Vyner family belonged to what their seventeenth-century contemporaries often called ‘the middling sort’, and their story illustrates the extent of social mobility: ...

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Vyner [Viner], Sir Thomas, first baronet (1588–1665), goldsmith and banker, was born on 15 December 1588 at North Cerney in Gloucestershire, the son of Thomas Vyner, of a Warwickshire family, and his second wife, Anne. The younger Thomas was apprenticed in London, first to his half-sister's husband, ...

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Sir Thomas Vyner, first baronet (1588–1665) by unknown artist © National Portrait Gallery, London