David Bosanquet 1699-1741

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David BOSANQUET 1699-1741

Bosanquet's bookplate (British Museum Franks Collection 3105)

Biographical Note

Son of David Bosanquet, a London merchant. Few biographical details can be traced, beyond his marriage to Dorcas Melchior (d.1779); the family can be assumed to be Huguenots who settled in England in the 17th century. His will shows that he lived in Philpot Lane, Fenchurch Street and a reference to dealing with "what goods I have ... provided for Turkey" suggests that he too followed a mercantile career. The sums of money mentioned in the will, along with "plate jewells watches and rings" suggest a wealthy household.


Bosanquet used an engraved armorial bookplate, dated 1739 (Franks 3105). The extent of his library is not known, and there is no mention of books in his will; all his chattels and household goods were left to his wife. He did refer to "my medals and medal chest", which were left to his brother Richard.