Richard Hoare

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Sir Richard Hoare.

Sir Richard Hoare (1648–6 January 1719)[1] was the founder of C. Hoare & Co, one of the United Kingdom's oldest private banks.


Raised near Smithfield Market in London,[2] Richard Hoare began his working life apprenticed to the goldsmith Richard Moore[3] from 9 June 1665 for seven years.[1] He was granted the Freedom of the Goldsmiths' Company on 5 July 1672.[3] This date marks the foundation of C. Hoare & Co as a goldsmith's business at the sign of the Golden Bottle in Cheapside, London.[3]

He was knighted by Queen Anne in 1702, appointed Sheriff of London in 1710 and elected Lord Mayor of London for the year of 1712.[4]

He married Susanna Austen; they had 17 children (one of whom was Henry Hoare I).[5] Richard Hoare died at Hendon on 6 January 1719.[6]


  1. ^ a b Victoria Hutchings, "Hoare, Sir Richard (1648–1719)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 12 November 2014.
  2. ^ Hutchings, V. (2000), p. 8.
  3. ^ a b c Hutchings, V. (2000), p. 10.
  4. ^ Hutchings, V. (2000), p. 29.
  5. ^ Hutchings, V. (2000), p. 230.
  6. ^ Hutchings, V. (2000), p. 30.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hoare, Henry Peregrine Rennie (1955) [1932]. Hoare's Bank: A Record 1672–1955. 
  • Hutchings, Victoria (2005). Messrs Hoare, Bankers: A History of the Hoare Banking Dynasty. London: Constable. ISBN 1841199656. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Beachcroft
Lord Mayor of London
Succeeded by
Samuel Stanier