Fortrey was born 11 June 1622 in London, and died there in February 1681. His parents were Flemish refugees who had settled as merchants in London at the beginning of the seventeenth century. He was a clerk of the deliveries of the ordnance in the Tower of London, and seems also have been a member of the Privy Council. His combination of experience in trade and bureaucratic ability were typical of the group of ‘consultant administrators’, whom Joseph Schumpeter (1954) regarded as the social carriers of the more-or-less dirigiste doctrines that characterized much seventeenth-century economic writing and thinking.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.