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Alsager, Thomas Massa (1779–1846), financial journalist and businessman, was born on 27 September 1779, probably at Southwark, Surrey, the fifth of the nine or ten children of Thomas Alsager (1738?–1790), a setter in the cloth trade, and his wife, Mary, née Crosby (...

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Sir Thomas Andrewes (d. 1659) by unknown artist private collection

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Andrewes, Sir Thomas (d. 1659), financier and regicide, was the son of Robert Andrewes of Feltham, Middlesex, a Plymouth adventurer and subscriber to the Massachusetts Bay Company, and his wife, Margaret. He was a member of the Leathersellers' Company (and its master in 1638–9), and from 1631 ran a wholesale linen drapery business at the ...

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Audley, Hugh (bap. 1577, d. 1662), moneylender, was baptized on 13 January 1577 at St Michael, Wood Street, London, the tenth of the eleven children of John Audley (d. 1577?), mercer, and his wife, Maudlin or Margaret (d. 1594), daughter of ...

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Edward Backwell (c. 1619–1683) by unknown engraver, pubd 1797 © Copyright The British Museum

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Backwell, Edward (c. 1619–1683), goldsmith and banker, the son of Barnaby Backwell of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, a yeoman, was apprenticed in 1635 to Thomas Vyner, a leading goldsmith. He became free of the Goldsmiths' Company in 1651, of which he was to be prime warden in 1660....

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Bailey, Sir Abraham [Abe], first baronet (1864–1940), financier and politician in South Africa, was born at Cradock, Cape Colony, on 6 November 1864, the only son of Thomas Bailey (d. 1905) of Keighley, Yorkshire, a shopkeeper of Queenstown, which he represented in the ...

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Bancroft, Francis (1667–1728), financial agent and benefactor, was born in Spitalfields, London, on 26 October 1667, the second son of John Bancroft (bap. 1614, d. 1705), a City financier who became serjeant-carver to the lord mayor, and his second wife, Rebecka Cole (...

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Banks, Sir John, baronet (bap. 1627, d. 1699), merchant and financier, was baptized at the parish church of All Saints, Maidstone, Kent, on 19 August 1627. He was the eldest in the family of two sons and one daughter of Caleb Banks of ...

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Alexander Baring, first Baron Ashburton (1773–1848) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1810 ING Bank, NV, London Branch

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Baring, Alexander, first Baron Ashburton (1773–1848), merchant and banker, was born on 27 October 1773 (the frequently cited date of 1784 is incorrect) in Mincing Lane, London, the second child of the six sons and six daughters of Sir Francis Baring (1740–1810), merchant and banker, and his wife, ...

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Baring, Edward Charles, first Baron Revelstoke (1828–1897), merchant banker, was born on 13 April 1828, the fifth son of Henry Baring (1776–1848), a merchant banker, and the second son of his second marriage, to Cecilia Anne (d. 1874), the daughter of Admiral Windham...

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Sir Francis Baring, first baronet (1740–1810) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1806–7 [left, with his brother John Baring (centre) and son-in-law Charles Wall (right)] private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Baring, Sir Francis, first baronet (1740–1810), merchant and merchant banker, was born at Larkbear, Exeter, on 18 April 1740, third of the four surviving sons and one daughter of John Baring (1697–1748) and his wife, Elizabeth Baring (1702–1766), daughter of John Vowler, a prosperous ...

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Baring, (George) Rowland Stanley, third earl of Cromer (1918–1991), banker and diplomatist, was born on 28 July 1918, the only son and youngest of three children of Rowland Thomas Baring, second earl of Cromer (1877–1953), courtier, and his wife, Lady Ruby Florence Mary (1886–1961)...

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John Baring, second Baron Revelstoke (1863–1929) by Vandyk © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baring, John, second Baron Revelstoke (1863–1929), merchant banker, was born on 7 September 1863 in Kingston upon Thames, the eldest child of the five surviving sons and three daughters of Edward Charles Baring, later first Baron Revelstoke (1828–1897), and his wife, Louisa Emily Charlotte (...

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Thomas Baring (1799–1873) attrib. George Richmond, 1826 ING Bank, NV (London Branch). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Baring, Thomas (1799–1873), banker and politician, was born on 7 September 1799 at Lee, near Lewisham, Kent, the second of the four sons and five daughters of Sir Thomas Baring (1772–1848), landowner, and his wife, Mary Ursula Sealy, daughter of Charles Sealy, a barrister at ...

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Beaton, John (1831–1930), banker, was born at Hampstead, Middlesex, the second son of John Beaton, a Bank of England clerk, and his wife, Margaret. On 23 July 1863 Beaton married Jane Ann, daughter of Samuel Chard of the stock exchange; they had two daughters....