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Bradshaw, Richard (bap. 1610, d. 1685), merchant and diplomat, was baptized at Pennington, Aspull, Lancashire, on 25 August 1610; his parents are unknown. A merchant of Chester, he was elected to the common council of the city on 14 July 1637, replacing Randle Finchett...

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Harvel, Edmund (d. in or before 1550), merchant and diplomat, was probably the gentleman of that name of Besford and Cowley, Worcestershire, who appears on the pardon roll at the accession of Henry VIII and in a genealogical table in a Worcestershire heralds' visitation of 1564. Little else is sure about his family and early life, except that he had a brother, a ...

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Morier, Isaac (1750–1817), merchant and diplomatist, was born at Vevey, in Switzerland, on 11 August 1750, the son of François Isaac Augustin Morier (1715–1764), a master carpenter, and Jeanne Barby. He was descended from a Huguenot family which, on the revocation of the edict of Nantes, had migrated to ...

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Palavicino, Sir Horatio (c. 1540–1600), merchant and diplomat, was born in Genoa, Italy, the second son of Tobias Palavicino (d. c.1580), a well-connected merchant aristocrat, and his wife, Battina (1522–1607), the daughter of Andrea Spinola. The family firm handled the papal monopoly of alum, an essential ingredient in the dyeing process, from the mines at ...