This section of the website is devoted to John Bankes, Citizen and Haberdasher of London (c1652 – 1719). He was the benefactor of my fellow Bankes Descendants, through a Trust that he set up in his Will to benefit the descendants of his half-siblings.

Essentially, these pages comprise three sections, the scope of which may be summarised as follows:

The Biography gives a brief outline of Bankes’s life, encompassing material relating to his family lafe and his business affairs. This links to a References section, where you will find listed source references and a biobliography.

Clicking on the Sources button takes you to a short text containing links to some of the sources I and my fellow researchers have found in our searches. These range from tradesmen’s receipts and accounts to a transcription of Bankes’s Will.

The third section can be reached via the Haberdashers Hall link on the menu. This page gives a short account of my visit to Haberdashers’ Hall in London during September 2008, and contains some photographs taken on the day – including images of the John Bankes portrait in its current home.

I hope, very much, that you will enjoy reading the material on these pages.

If you wish to contact me to discuss the content of this site please email me at I am always delighted to hear from anybody who is interested in the Bankes Pedigree.

G M Culshaw, December 2005

  • This page was last updated on Thursday February 12th, 2009.