John Bankes 1652-1718

John Bankes was the half brother of my 8 x Great Grandmother, Anne Rand.

John Bankes

The portrait  to the left shows John Bankes, Citizen & Haberdasher of London.

John Bankes was born c.1652 and became a Citizen Haberdasher and Mercer (by trade) of the City of London. He was connected with the Levant trade by way of silk dealing. Admitted to the Freedom of the Haberdashers’ Company in 1672, Banks became Master in 1717, and died the following year. All that is known about his family is to be found in his will and the associated tree of beneficiaries that has developed from it. From this document he is known to have had two half-brothers and three half-sisters.

He set up a Charitable Trust which is the subject of another post.

A fellow Bankes descendant, Geoff Culshaw has researched John Bankes' life story and has a comprehensive biography on his website.

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