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Brayne, John (c. 1541–1586), grocer and financier, was the eldest child of Thomas Brayne (d. 1562), a tailor (nominally a girdler), and his wife, Alice Barlow (d. 1566), of the parish of St Stephen, Coleman Street, London, who married on 22 January 1541. ...

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Baptist Hicks, first Viscount Campden (1551?–1629) attrib. Paul van Somer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hicks, Baptist, first Viscount Campden (1551?–1629), mercer and moneylender, was the third son of Robert Hicks (d. 1557), a rich London citizen. He was probably educated at St Paul's School, and then at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was brought up in, and inherited, his father's flourishing mercer's business at the ...

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Pearse, John (bap. 1759, d. 1836), clothier and financier, was baptized at St Margaret's, Lothbury, London, on 19 December 1759, the eldest of the three sons of Nicholas Pearse (d. 1795), clothier, and his wife, Sarah (d. in or after 1770)...