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France, William snr (1734?–d. 1773)

William France snr who had a distinguished patronage, and whose firm continued after his death in various titles (noted at end of entry), may have been born in 1734. One of that name was bapt. on 1 January 1734 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, [PR] son…

Vile, William (c. 1700/05–d. 1767)

William Vile was born early in the 18th century, probably in Somerset. A search of local records shows the name of Vile in profusion, but it may always elude us as to which William Vile of the many the cm was. The problem will perhaps only be solved by…