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Thomas Neale

(1641—1699) projector and politician


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Neale's Place and date of birth are not known. He died in London, probably in January 1699; he is known to have held the post of master of the mint until that date, and an ‘elegiack essay’ commemorating his death appeared in print in 1700. In his early life he is said to have lost two fortunes through gambling and unwise business speculation, but he also developed a talent for engraving. It was probably this that brought him to the attention of Charles II, who appointed him master of the mint in 1677. He seems to have been something of a favourite of Charles, who also appointed Neale his groom-Porter in 1684. Neale continued to hold both posts under James II, and then under William III until his own death.

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From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Economics.


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