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Cotton, Roger (c. 1557–1602), draper and poet, was born in Whitchurch, Shropshire, the fifth of six sons of Ralph Cotton, esquire, of Alkington in the parish of Whitchurch, and his wife, Jane, daughter and heir of John Smith (or Tarbock) of Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire...

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Duncon, Samuel (1607–1680), haberdasher and pamphleteer, was the second son of John Duncon of Mendlesham, Suffolk; details of his place of birth and of his mother are unknown. In 1624 he was apprenticed to Edmund Kene, an Ipswich merchant and portman, or chief burgess. ...

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Edgar, William (1790/91–1869), haberdasher, was born at Kirk St Andrew, Cumberland, the son of a farmer. Nothing is known of his schooling, but it was said that Edgar came to London where he had a stall in St James's market, Westminster, under which he used to sleep at night. He then joined forces with ...

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Ellis, Wynne (1790–1875), haberdasher and art collector, was born at Oundle, Northamptonshire, in July 1790, the son of Thomas Ellis, who traced his ancestry to the Ellises of mid-Wales, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Ordway. He received a good education, then went to ...

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Fishborne, Richard (1562?–1625), mercer and philanthropist, was born in Huntingdon of unknown parentage. Local legends about his origins vary; one account quotes a baptism entry for Richard son of John Fishborne in January 1562 in the village of Godmanchester, outside Huntingdon, although surviving ...

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Fransham, John (bap. 1670, d. 1753?), linen draper and writer, was born in Norwich and baptized there at St Peter Mancroft on 22 May 1670, the youngest son of Robert Fransham (d. 1718), a linen draper, and his wife, Susannah or Susan...

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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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Ireton, John [created Sir John Ireton under the protectorate] (1615–1690), mercer and mayor of London, was born at Attenborough, Nottinghamshire, and baptized there on 17 October 1615, the son of German Ireton (d. 1624) and his wife, Jane. Recent arrivals from Derbyshire...

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Jenks, Francis (bap. 1640, d. 1686), linen draper and whig activist, was the son of Herbert Jencks, esquire, of New Hall, Shropshire, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was baptized at Eaton under Heywood, Shropshire, on 5 November 1640. Apprenticed in 1658 to a member of the ...

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Jones, Sir Pryce Pryce- (1834–1920), draper and politician, was born on 16 October 1834 at Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales, the second son of William Jones, solicitor, of Newtown and his wife, Margaret Goodwin, who was related to Robert Owen. Though his Who's Who entry suggests that he had been privately educated other sources indicate that he attended the church elementary school in ...

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Lamb, Thomas (d. 1686), linen draper and philanthropist, was for many years confused with a namesake, a soap-boiler by trade: remarkably, both men were prominent General Baptists. The overwhelming evidence that they were not the same individual includes a petition subscribed in 1656 by two ...

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Langham, Robert (c. 1535–1579/80), mercer, was reputedly the author of a description of the entertainment given by Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, for Elizabeth I at Kenilworth Castle in the summer of 1575. All that is known for certain about him is that he was apprenticed to ...

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Lok, Michael (c. 1532–1620x22), mercer, merchant adventurer, and traveller, was born in Cheapside, London, the youngest of five surviving sons of Sir William Lok (1480–1550) and his second wife, Catherine, née Cooke (d. 1537), and the brother of Rose Throckmorton. By his own account ...

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Marshe, John (c. 1516–1579), mercer and merchant, was either the eldest son of Walter Marshe of London and his wife, Eleanor, or of John Marshe his namesake, with whom he is sometimes confused, who died in 1565 or 1566. He was a lawyer by training, and in 1536 he was admitted to ...

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Monro, Henry (1758–1798), Irish nationalist and linen draper, was born in May or June 1758 in Lisburn, co. Antrim, Ireland, the second of three children. His father (1733–1793) was a Presbyterian, and his mother, Margaret Gorman (d. 1832), the daughter of a country gentleman of ...

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Symonds, Peter (c. 1528–1586/7), mercer and benefactor, was born into an important Winchester family that dated back to before 1466. He was the eldest son of John Symonds (d. 1542), who as a city bailiff in 1439–40 held one of its major offices, and his wife, ...

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See West, Francis