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Bland, John (1702–1749), writing master and accountant, was born in Crutched Friars, London, on 17 August 1702, the son of a clerk in the custom house. He spent four years at Westminster School, where, according to William Massey, 'he principally formed his hand' (...

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Champion, Joseph (b. 1709, d. in or before 1768), writing-master and accountant, was born in Chatham, Kent, the son of a wealthy Kent family who had been freeholders until they lost their property during the stock market crisis of 1720. Little is known of his early life except that he attended both ...

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Oldcastle, Hugh (d. 1543), schoolmaster and author of a text on double entry accounting, was the third and youngest son of Richard Oldcastle (d. 1520), a shearman carrying on his trade in the city of London, and his wife, Joan (Johane). The date of ...

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Watson, George (1654–1723), accountant and benefactor, was born in Edinburgh on 23 November 1654, the elder son of John Watson, merchant, and his wife, Marion Ewing (d. 1697), who were married on 26 September 1644. Following his father's early death and his mother's remarriage to a ...