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Brewster, Sir Francis (d. 1704/5), merchant and writer on trade, was born to unknown parents, possibly from co. Kerry or co. Westmeath, where he later certainly owned land. He is first recorded in 1671, when he was accused of illegally exporting timber and wool to ...

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Jacob, William (1761/2–1851), merchant and writer on the corn trade, was by the early 1790s well established in business as a merchant, in partnership with John Jacob, in premises in Newgate Street, London. According to Joshua Wilson he had become a 'commercial man of considerable credit' and was 'one of the few Englishmen who, in the present day, has carried on a direct trade with ...

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Pegolotti, Francesco di Balducci (b. c. 1280?, d. in or after 1347), merchant and author, was born into a well-to-do Florentine family, probably about 1280. His father, Balduccio, was an ambassador to Siena (c.1311) in negotiations concerning Florentine access to the port of ...

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Whiston, James (bap. 1641?, d. 1706), broker and writer on trade, was probably baptized on 14 June 1641 at St Swithin London Stone, London, the son of James and Ann Whiston. From 1680 probably until his death Whiston produced a weekly commodity price current in ...