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MOORE, Sir John (1620-1702)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/480
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: MOORE, Sir John (1620-1702)
Date(s): 1556
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 45 production units.
Name of creator(s): Moore | Sir | John | 1620-1702 | Knight | merchant and Lord Mayor of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir John Moore, 1620-1702, was Lord Mayor 1681-1682, President of Christ's Hospital 1686-1687 and 1688-1702, member of the East India Company Committee 1669-1701 and Master of the Grocers' Company 1671-2. He came originally from Appleby in Leicestershire where his family continued to live and was bound as an apprentice to the Grocers' Company in 1647. He was the most important lead merchant of his time in London, exporting lead from Derbyshire and Yorkshire through Hull to Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

He died in 1702 with no children (his wife Mary Maddocks had died in 1690) and his large fortune passed to his nephews John (son of Charles) Moore and John (son of George) Moore. The papers also contain letters to and from his heirs and later Moores. A family tree has been drawn up by archives staff (Ms 29447).

Amongst the papers of Sir John Moore and his family (in Mss 507 and 29446) there are a few papers of Colonel John Moore and his son Sir Edward Moore of Bankhall, Lancashire. Sir John Moore may have been a distant relative, but these items have become mixed up with his papers because he was a mortgagee of the Bankhall estates.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir John Moore, merchant and Lord Mayor of London, including papers relating to Moore's civic and personal affairs; papers relating to Moore's mercantile buisness; estate papers; correspondence and letters to members of the Moore family; papers relating to property; notebooks and journals; and other family papers.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The letters and papers of Sir John Moore and the Moore family have come to Guildhall Library in different ways and at different times. Ms 507 was a gift from the executors of Baron John Benjamin Heath (1790-1879) in 1896. Heath was an historian of the Grocers' Company. Ms 507A was found in Port Talbot Town Hall in 1963, probably the possession of a former town clerk with antiquarian interests. Ms 3504 was a donation from Sir Lacon Threlford in 1944. Mss 29445-6 were bought at auction in 1993 by Guildhall Library (Purchased with the aid of the V and A Purchase Grant Fund, Mss 35080-95 were a gift from Mrs Moore to the Society of Genealogists in 1935, then transferred to Guildhall Library in 1999. They were catalogued at various dates from 1896. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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