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Aldersey, William (1543–1616), merchant and antiquary, was baptized at St Oswald's, Chester, on 15 December 1543, the son of Ralph Aldersey (d. 1555) and Jane Goodman (d. c.1555). He followed in his father's footsteps as a successful merchant ironmonger. He married ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by D. G. C. Allan

Brander, Gustavus (1719/20–1787), merchant and antiquary, was born in either London or Sweden, and was the son of Charles Brander (1681–1745) and his wife, Margaret (1687–1757). The family was of Swedish descent. Gustavus was trained in the Scandinavian trade, which he carried on with great success in the ...

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Forster, Edward, the elder (1730–1812), merchant and antiquary, was born on 11 February 1730 in London, eldest of the four sons of Thomas Forster (1698–1743), merchant, and his wife, Dorothy (1710–1763), daughter of Benjohan (Benjamin) Furly, a Rotterdam merchant of Colchester Quaker forebears. ...

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Milles, Thomas (c. 1550–1626?), customs official and antiquary, was born in Ashford, Kent, the son of Richard Milles of Ashford and his first wife, Johanna, daughter of Thomas Glover of Ashford and sister of Robert Glover (1543/4–1588), Somerset herald. Having received a 'free school' education (...

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Muilman, Peter (1705?–1790), antiquary and merchant, was born in Amsterdam, the third of five sons of the merchant Pieter Schout Muilman and his wife, Maria Meulenaer. His own statements and his memorial inscription in Debden church, Essex, give different accounts of his age, and hence of his date of birth, but December 1705 appears the most likely date. In 1722 he joined his elder brother ...

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Theobald, James (bap. 1688, d. 1759), merchant and antiquary, was baptized at St Mary's, Lambeth, Surrey, on 21 June 1688, the eldest surviving son of Peter Theobald (1656–1742) and his wife, Elizabeth (b. 1662), the daughter of Thomas Gleane. He was apprenticed to his father in the ...

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Train, Joseph (1779–1852), exciseman and antiquary, was born on 6 November 1779 at Gilminscroft in the parish of Sorn, Ayrshire, where his father was land steward. In 1787 the family moved to Ayr, where Train's father became a day labourer. His own schooling was limited. At an early age he was apprenticed to a weaver in ...

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C. W. Sutton

revised by Alan G. Crosby

Yates, Joseph Brooks (1780–1855), merchant and antiquary, born at Liverpool on 21 January 1780, was the eldest son of John Yates (1755–1826), minister of the Unitarian chapel in Paradise Street, Liverpool, and his wife, Elizabeth (1749–1819), daughter of John Brooks Ashton of Woolton Hall...