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Thomas Britton (1644–1714) by John Wollaston, 1703 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Britton, Thomas (1644–1714), concert promoter, book collector, and coal merchant, was born on 14 January 1644 at Rushden near Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. He migrated to London where he apprenticed himself to a ‘small-coal’ (slack-coal, or charcoal) merchant near St John the Baptist's Street...


Starkey, Ralph (d. 1628), archivist and merchant, was the second but eldest surviving son of John Starkey (d. c.1613) of Darley Hall, Cheshire, and his wife, Alice (d. 1620), daughter of Ralph Dutton of Dutton, Cheshire. His family was distantly related to that of ...


Thompson, Sir Peter (1698–1770), merchant and book collector, was born at Poole, Dorset, on 30 October 1698, the third son of four surviving children of Captain Thomas Thompson and his wife, Amata Edwards. He was put to trade and became a successful and prosperous ...