William Salt

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William Salt
Born 1808
Died 6 December 1863
Monuments William Salt Library
Nationality British
Occupation Banker
Parent(s) John Stevenson Salt
Relatives Sir Thomas Salt Bt. (nephew)

William Salt (1808 – 6 December 1863)[1] was a British banker in London, England, and a genealogist and antiquary in whose memory the William Salt Library in Stafford was founded.

His father, John Stevenson Salt (High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1838), married Sarah Stevenson, the granddaughter of John Stevenson, founder in 1737 of a banking company in Stafford. The firm, Stevenson Salt & Co, had opened in Cheapside, London, in 1788 and in 1867 merged with Bosanquet & Co and later with Lloyds Banking Company.

William was an avid collector of topographical and genealogical books and records, particularly those relating to Staffordshire. After his death his extensive collection was catalogued and donated to the County of Stafford, which financed the opening in 1872 of the William Salt Library in Market Square, Stafford.

His nephew was Sir Thomas Salt Bt. of Standon, near Eccleshall, Staffordshire.


  1. ^ "Sudden Death of Mr. W. Salt, F.S.A., M.R.S.L., the Banker". Morning Post. London, England. 8 December 1863. p. 5. Retrieved 2014-08-06 – via The British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 

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