Charles Duncombe 1648-1711

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Sir Charles DUNCOMBE or DUNCOMB 1648-1711

Duncombe's bookplate (British Museum, Franks Collection *329)

Biographical Note

Born at Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, son of Alexander Duncombe, yeoman. Apprenticed to Edward Backwell, goldsmith and banker in 1665, freeman of the Goldsmiths Company 1672; he took over Backwell's banking business and quickly became wealthy and well-connected. Commissioner of the Royal Mint 1680, cashier-general of the hearth tax 1684, Lord Mayor of London 1708. He acquired extensive estates in Yorkshire, Wiltshire and elsewhere.


Duncombe used an engraved armorial bookplate dated 1702 (Franks *266/*329); the extent and disposition of his library are not known.