John Freame

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John Freame (1669 - 1745) founded Barclays Bank in 1690.

John Freame was born in Cirencester the son of Robert Freame. In 1683 he was apprenticed to Job Bolton, a quaker goldsmith based in Lombard Street.[1] Upon completion of his apprenticeship he went into partnership with Thomas Gould, a fellow quaker. Located in a part of the city where 25% of the population were quakers they were able to build up their reputation - and their business particularly amongst their co-religionists. The partners soon became more connected as John married Priscilla, Thomas' sister, while Thomas married Hannah, John's sister.[2]

In 1713 he published Scripture Instruction: Digested into Several Sections by Way of Questions & Answers in Order to Promote Piety & Virtue, and Discourage Vice & Immorality, with a Preface Relating to Education[2]


  1. ^ Akrill, M. & Hannah, L. (2001), Barclays: The Business of Banking, 1690-1996, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 
  2. ^ a b John Freame (1665-1745) accessed 28 March 2012