Pauline • Link
from L&M Companion
kt 1641, bt 1665 (?1599-1666). A wealthy merchant, who pioneered the W. African trade in the 1630s; a customs farmer (1640 and c. 1661-6); M.P. for Winchelsea Nov. 1640-1 (being expelled as a monopolist); member of the Council of Trade (from 1660) and for Foreign Plantations (from 1661); and Gentleman of the Privy Chamber from 1664. He was interested in inventions--Pepys mentions his proposals for a wet-dock. The superb mansion he built at Hammersmith was later the home of George IV's Queen Caroline. In his will he directed that his heart should be buried in the chapel at Hammersmith and his body in St. Mildred's, Bread Street, and that his monument should record that he had lost 'out of purse about a Hundred Thousand pounds' by his pioneering efforts in the Guinea trade.