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Bushell, Thomas (b. before 1600, d. 1674), mining entrepreneur and mint-master, was born into a minor gentry family of Cleeve Prior, near Evesham, in Worcestershire. In Aubrey's words he had a good wit and a working and contemplative head; but his education was neglected—he admits an ignorance of Latin in the first of his many pamphlets, ...

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Gibbons family (per. c. 1735–1863), ironmasters, colliery proprietors, and bankers came to prominence with John Gibbons (1703–1778), who was active as an ironmonger by the mid-1730s. By origin the family were yeoman farmers who steadily acquired modest amounts of land in the parish of ...

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Williams, John (1753–1841), mining entrepreneur and banker, was born on 23 September 1753 in Lower Cusgarne, Cornwall, the eldest son of Michael Williams (1730–1775) and his wife, Susanna (1732–1814), granddaughter of John Harris of Higher Cusgarne and his wife, Elizabeth, only daughter of ...