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Dudley North

(1641—1691) merchant and economist


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North was born 16 May 1641, probably at Charterhouse near London, as he was baptised at the church of St Mary Spittle on 28 May 1641. He was the fourth (third surviving) son of Dudley, 4th Baron North of Kirtling, Cambridgeshire; his mother, Lady Anne, was the second daughter of Sir Charles Montague of Cranbrook by his second wife, Mary Whitmore. In 1683 he married Anne, a daughter of Sir Robert Cann of Bristol and the rich widow of Sir Robert Gonning. He died suddenly on 30 January 1691 from respiratory failure at the home of his brother, Roger north, in the piazza of Covent Garden. He was buried in St Paul's, Covent Garden on 2 January 1692; in 1715 his remains were transferred by his eldest son to Little Glemham church in Suffolk to rest next to those of his widow. Both were commemmorated there by a monument designed by William Holland in 1716.

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From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Economics.


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