Thomas Witherby

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Thomas Witherby (1719 – 26 November 1797) was the founder of Witherby's, now known as Witherby Seamanship, one of the oldest publishing companies in the United Kingdom.[1] In 1740, he opened a stationer's shop at 9 Birchin Lane, London next door to the Sword Blade coffee house. The family business grew into a printing business, a publisher specializing in marine subjects, a bookshop and other businesses.[2][3]

In 1767 he was elected to the Council of the City of London Corporation representing Langbourn Ward.[4]


  1. ^ "Herald Scotland - Witherby on the Crest of a wave". Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "2015 Company Fact Sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Witherby History". Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "London Metropolitan Archives-Thomas Witherby". Retrieved 1 July 2016.