Anyone interested in the Thornton family might like to read E.M.
Forster's biography of his [?g?g] aunt Marianne Thornton, who was a
member of the Clapham and whose father, (I think William but I'm not
sure) was a director of the Bank of England as well as the family bank.
It gives a very vivid picture of the activities of the Evangelical
Movement, whose members included the prison reformer Elizabeth Fry. They
were great social reformers.
Tony Fuller wrote:
Lots of interesting stuff about these families.
The Wilberforce family, founders of the Clapham Sect and advocates of sending
missionaries to India
to make mass conversions of the local people, were also related to the Astell and
all three families coming from Hull where they were all involved in the Baltic trade.
families were also involved at Director/Council for India/Chairman etc level in the
For further details look at the History of the House of Commons for the various periods,
Wilberforces, Astells and Thorntons, etc., etc., all get mentioned. Also James
Parker's PhD thesis
on HEIC Directors, which is on the open shelves at the OIOC. And of course, good old
East India Company, 1784 to 1834.
Also, I would recommend Evan Cotton's The East Indiamen, because it has details of
his family, their
relationship with some of the other India families like the D'Oylys etc etc.
I have most of the information from those sources cross referenced on a computer
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