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Houblon, Sir John (1632–1712), merchant, was born on 13 March 1632, the third son in the family of ten sons and three daughters of James Houblon (1592–1682), merchant, and his wife Marie du Quesne (or Ducane). He became more eminent than any of his nine brothers, four of whom were also prosperous merchants and two of whom served on the directorate of the ...

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La Motte, John (1577–1655), merchant, was born in Colchester on 1 May 1577, the son of Francis La Motte, a weaver and cloth merchant who had fled to the town in 1564 from Ypres in Flanders. Presumably he was apprenticed in his father's craft. By the second decade of the seventeenth century, during which he moved to ...