Charles Peers

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Sir Charles Peers (1661 – January 29, 1737) was a British businessman who became the Chairman of the East India Company in 1714[1] and Lord Mayor of London in 1715.[2] He had previously served as one of the Sheriffs of the City of London in 1708–1709.[3]


Peers was born to Edmund Peers (d. 1681) and Mary Walden, in 1661, of the parish of the St. Katherine Creechurch, Aldgate ward, London.[4] He started his career as a salter (trader of salt) and also as the London partner of William Morley and Company of Málaga, merchants and importers. He later became Common Councilman for Aldgate Ward 1701–8, and Alderman of Tower Ward 1708–37.[5]

He was a Director of the Bank of England in 1705-07 and 1708-12, a Director of the New East India Company in 1701-05 and 1706-09 and a Director of the United East India Company in 1712-15. He was Chairman of the latter for 1714-15.[6]

He was knighted on 16 July 1707.[7] He served as a Sheriff of the City of London (1708–1709) and as Lord Mayor of London (1715–16).

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  1. ^ The_India_list_and_India_Office_list The India list and India Office list for ... - Great Britain. India Office - Google Books
  2. ^ Lord Mayors of London City of London website.
  3. ^ Noorthouck 1773, pp. 889–893
  4. ^ Sir Charles Peers (1661 - 1737) Family tree.
  5. ^ "PEERS, Sir Charles (1661-1737): Administrative/Biographical history". London Metropolitan Archives: City of London, ref code: GB 0074 CLC/B/227-148. 
  6. ^ "Chronological list of aldermen: 1701-1800". British History Online. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  7. ^ City of London, St Olave's Church, Hart Street: Monographs. #39

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