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George Barne, Sir, MP, Lord Mayor of London

Also Known As: "Barnes"
Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Southwell, Nottingham, England
Death: February 8, 1592 (63-71)
Woolwich, Kent, England
Place of Burial: St Edmond-The-Ki, London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir George Barne, Lord Mayor of London and Alice Barne, Dame
Husband of Anne Barne
Father of Anne Aungier; William Barne, Knight; George Barne; Francis Barne; Thomas Barne and 5 others
Brother of Anne Walsingham; John Barne and Elizabeth Rivers

Occupation: Merchant, public official
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About George Barne, Sir, MP, Lord Mayor of London

Family and Education

1st s. of Sir George Barne of London by his w. Alice Brooke of Shropshire. m. Anne, da. of Sir William Garrard† of London, 8s. inc. William 1da. suc. fa. 1558. Kntd. 1587.

Offices Held

Alderman and auditor, London 1574, sheriff 1576-7, ld. mayor 1586-7; gov. Muscovy Co. 1580, 1583; master, Haberdashers’ Co. 1586-7; commr. piracy 1580, defence 1588, for debt 1589, for Admiralty causes 1589, collecting, the loan 1590; president, St. Thomas’s hospital 1592-d. d. 2 Jan. 1593.


Barne was a haberdasher of London, who was an Alderman of the London ward Bridge between 1574–1576, Tower between 1576–1583, Langbourn between 1583–1587, and Bassishaw between 1587-1593. Barne served as Auditor of London in 1574, Sheriff of London between 1576–1577, Lord Mayor of London between 1586–1587, and was knighted by Lord Chamberlain in 1587. He was a Master of the Haberdashers' Company between 1586–1587, represented London in the Parliament between 1588–1589, and was President of St. Thomas' Hospital between 1592-1593.[2] Barne was also the Governor of the Muscovy Company several times, and a founder of the Spanish Company, in 1577, and the Turkey Company. In 1580, he helped finance a voyage to discover a Northeast Passage, like his father had done decades earlier. Barne supported the voyage of Edward Fenton in 1582 and John Davis's voyage in 1586, both which sought to find the Northwest Passage.

He was related to several families of the London oligarchy, had shares in the Company of Mineral and Battery Works, and was well connected, considered one of the most influential people of his times in London municipal affairs.Sir Jerome Horsey wrote that Barne was his dear friend, and it is noted that Barne was a contemporary of Henry Hudson. John Stow dedicated his work "The Chronicles of England" to Barne.

Upon his death, Barne left a will which revealed that he had been financially successful, holding land and estates in several countries. He lived on Lombard St. in London, where he was buried at St. Edmunds.

He was noted for his excessive zeal against Catholics when he was the sheriff, resulting in a breach of diplomatic etiquette when he stormed a private residence hosting the Portuguese ambassador for mass. As a result, he was imprisoned in the Fleet for a few days.

It is noted that he was the brother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth I's Secretary of State, Sir Francis Walsingham, who would be responsible for breaking up the Catholic plot to overthrow the Queen the following decade.

Marriage and issue

Barne married Anne Gerrard, daughter of Sir William Garrard, who was Lord Mayor of London in 1555.

They had nine children:

  1. Sir William Barne, who married Anne, daughter of the Dr. Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York
  2. George Barne
  3. Francis Barne
  4. Thomas Barne
  5. John Barne
  6. Mark Barne
  7. Peter Barne
  8. Richard Barne, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Francis Aungier, 1st Baron Aungier of Longford
  9. Anne Barne, who married Sir Francis Aungier, 1st Baron Aungier of Longford

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George Barne, Sir, MP, Lord Mayor of London's Timeline

Southwell, Nottingham, England
Age 35
Woolwich, Kent, England
Age 43
Woolwich, Kent, England
Age 48
Woolwich, Kent, England
February 8, 1592
Age 67
Woolwich, Kent, England
February 1592
Age 67
St Edmond-The-Ki, London, England
Age 67