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Account Book of Thomas Goldney II

Account Book of Thomas Goldney II

This 'rough book' or account book contains the accounts of Thomas Goldney from October 1708 - January 1714. There are detailed day by day accounts. On 18 August 1709 it is recorded that he paid Abraham Darby (1678-1717) for expenses and investments; by 1717 investment in Abraham Darby's iron works at Coalbrookdale was Thomas Goldney's main business interest. Thomas Goldney also invested in Captain Woodes Roger's ((c.16791732) successful privateering voyage of the Duke and Duchess, which gave him enough money to build a greenhouse at Goldney in 1714. Thomas Goldney II (1664-1731) was a Bristol grocer and Quaker, who supplemented his income by taking shares in ships and by acting as agent for the Bristol Collector of Customs. His son Thomas Goldney III (1696-1768) was an Ironmaster, and carried on living at Goldney House in Clifton. Special Collections holds a very fine and comprehensive collection of papers relating to the Goldney Family, who owned Goldney House from 1705. Goldney House is now one of the University of Bristol Halls of Residence. The archive is a fascinating insight into the work of the family. DM1466/9 and DM1398