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Palavicino, Sir Horatio (c. 1540–1600), merchant and diplomat, was born in Genoa, Italy, the second son of Tobias Palavicino (d. c.1580), a well-connected merchant aristocrat, and his wife, Battina (1522–1607), the daughter of Andrea Spinola. The family firm handled the papal monopoly of alum, an essential ingredient in the dyeing process, from the mines at ...