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W. P. Courtney

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Croft, John (1732–1820), wine merchant and antiquary, was born on 29 February 1732 at Stillington, Yorkshire, the fifth son of Stephen Croft (1683–1733) and Elizabeth (d. 1771), daughter of Sir Edmund Anderson, fourth baronet (bap. 1629, d. 1703). The Crofts were part of a long-established, aristocratic, wealthy landowning ...


Roche, James (1770–1853), wine merchant, banker, and antiquary, was born in Cork on 30 December 1770, the third son of Stephen Roche and his wife, Sarah, daughter of John O'Brien of Moyvanine and Glounties, Limerick. From the age of fifteen, Roche was educated in ...