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Bethel, Slingsby (bap. 1617, d. 1697), merchant and political economist, was baptized in Alne, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, on 27 February 1617, a younger son of Sir Walter Bethel (d. 1622), gentleman, and Mary Slingsby (1582–1662), daughter of Sir Henry Slingsby...

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Slingsby Bethel (bap. 1617, d. 1697) by William Sherwin, 1680 © Copyright The British Museum

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Sir Josiah Child, first baronet (bap. 1631, d. 1699) attrib. John Riley © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Child, Sir Josiah, first baronet (bap. 1631, d. 1699), economic writer and merchant, was baptized at St Bartholomew-by-the-Exchange, London, on 27 February 1631, the second son of Richard Child (buried 1638 at Hackney), a merchant of Fleet Street, and his wife, Elizabeth Roycroft...

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Decker, Sir Matthew, first baronet (1679–1749), political economist and merchant, was born in Amsterdam, the son of Derrick (Dirk) Decker, of Amsterdam, and his wife, Katherina. He received his commercial education under Burgomaster Velters of Amsterdam, but in 1702 travelled to London to establish himself as a merchant, and was naturalized in February 1704, at the second attempt. He then consolidated his business interests, and it was through trader and banker ...

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Edwards, Sir Ronald Stanley (1910–1976), economist, was born on 1 May 1910 in New Southgate, London, the second of three sons (the eldest having died in childhood) of Charles Edwards, a gas fitter, and his wife, Alice Osborne. He was educated at Garfield Road primary school, Southgate...

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Misselden, Edward (fl. 1615–1654), merchant and writer on economics, whose parentage, date of birth, early years, and date of death are unknown, first comes to notice as an active member of the Merchant Adventurers' Company in 1615. In his published works he described himself as a merchant, born in ...

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Mun, Thomas (bap. 1571, d. 1641), merchant and writer on economics, was baptized at St Andrew Hubbard, London, on 17 June 1571, the third son of John Mun (d. 1573), merchant of London and Hackney, and Margaret Barwick. Of Essex ancestry, John Mun...

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Sir Dudley North (1641–1691) by unknown artist, c. 1680 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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North, Sir Dudley (1641–1691), merchant and economist, was born in London (probably at the Charterhouse) on 16 May 1641. He was the fourth (third surviving) son of Dudley North, fourth Baron North (1602–1677), landowner, and his wife, Anne (1613/14–1681), second daughter of ...

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Pollexfen, John (1636–1715), merchant and political economist, was the second son of Andrew Pollexfen of Stancombe Dawney, in the parish of Sherford, Devon, and his wife, Joan, daughter of John Woollcombe of Yealmpton. His relations with his elder brother, Sir Henry Pollexfen, were not always smooth because of resentment that his brother had inherited the entire family estate. ...