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Starkey, Ralph (d. 1628), archivist and merchant, was the second but eldest surviving son of John Starkey (d. c.1613) of Darley Hall, Cheshire, and his wife, Alice (d. 1620), daughter of Ralph Dutton of Dutton, Cheshire. His family was distantly related to that of ...

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Thompson, Sir Peter (1698–1770), merchant and book collector, was born at Poole, Dorset, on 30 October 1698, the third son of four surviving children of Captain Thomas Thompson and his wife, Amata Edwards. He was put to trade and became a successful and prosperous ...