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Sir Jerome Bowes (d. 1616) by unknown artist © English Heritage Photo Library

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Bowes, Sir Jerome (d. 1616), diplomat and glass maker, was the son of Sir John Bowes, landowner, of Elford, Staffordshire, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Richard Huddleston of Lancashire. For a man of his prominence and considerable notoriety, Bowes is rather an elusive person. He had a sister, ...

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Chapman, Charles (1752–1809), East India Company servant and emissary to Vietnam, was born on 23 November 1752, son of Charles Chapman (d. c.1796), army officer. After the obligatory attendance at a commercial academy, in his case at Hoxton, Chapman was appointed a writer in the ...

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Fawkener, Sir Everard (1694–1758), merchant and diplomatist, was born on 23 February 1694 in the City of London and baptized on the same day at St Michael Bassishaw. The Fawkener family were long-established country gentry, with a seat at Uppingham Manor, Rutland. They had been engaged in trade, especially in the ...

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Harborne, William (c. 1542–1617), merchant and diplomat, was probably born at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, the second son of William Harborne (d. 1588), administrator, of Great Yarmouth, and his wife, Joan Piers, or Pearce (fl. 1520–1590). Harborne senior, originally from Shrewsbury, Shropshire...

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Hussey, Sir William (b. in or after 1640, d. 1691), merchant and diplomat, was the second surviving son of Thomas Hussey (b. c.1613, d. in or before 1641) of Honnington, Lincolnshire, and his wife, Rhoda (c.1617–1686), daughter of Thomas Chapman...

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Manesty, Samuel (1758–1812), merchant and diplomat, was born on 26 May 1758 and baptized at St Peter's, Liverpool, Lancashire, on 23 June 1758, the eighth son of Joseph Manesty (d. 1771/2), a Liverpool merchant and slave trader who owned at least five ...

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Meyrick, Sir John (c. 1559–1638/9), diplomat and merchant, was the second son of William Meyrick of London. William Meyrick was an original member of the Muscovy Company, acting as its London agent from 1560 to 1563, later serving as the chief agent in ...

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Pindar, Sir Paul (1565/6–1650), merchant and diplomat, was born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, the second son of Thomas Pindar of that town. Originally intended for the university, he chose instead a mercantile career. Following his apprenticeship to a London merchant engaged in the Italian trade, he was sent to ...