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  • Caldwell Farrington (1565 - 1602)
    Caldwell Farrington was apprenticed to Richard Coventry of the Haberdashers' Company and became a freeman in 1624.
  • Sir George Whitmore, Lord Mayor of London (1654 - 1654)
    Sir George Whitmore (died 12 December 1654) was an English merchant who was Lord Mayor of London in 1631. He supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War. Whitmore was the third son of Willi...
  • Walter Allen, of Newbury (bef.1602 - 1681)
    Parents Elnathan Allen and Anne Allen (Tench), married in St. Mary, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England on Dec 10, 1601 Walter Allen was born about Dec 1602, baptized 19 Dec 1602 in St. Mary, Bury St....
  • William Davenport (deceased)
    Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy : Mar 20 2018, 7:13:56 UTC
  • William Cary (c.1610 - 1664)
    Primary Sources Will of Christopher Cary of the City of Bristol, merchant, of the parish of St. Stephen's, dated 30 October 1615, proved 31 May 1626. mentions: my son William Will of William Cary c...

A haberdasher is a person who sells small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons, zips, and other notions (in the United Kingdom) or a men's outfitter (American English). A haberdasher's shop or the items sold therein are called haberdashery.

The word appears in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Haberdashers were initially peddlers, sellers of small items such as needles and buttons. The word is thought to have no connection with an Old Norse word akin to the Icelandic haprtask, which means peddlers' wares or the sack in which the peddler carried them. If that had been the case, a haberdasher (in its hypothetical Scandinavian meaning) would be very close to a mercer (French). Since the word has no recorded use in Scandinavia, it is most likely derived from the Anglo-Norman hapertas, meaning small ware. A haberdasher would retail small wares, the goods of the peddler, while a mercer would specialize in "linens, silks, fustian, worsted piece-goods and bedding".

Saint Louis IX, King of France 1226–70, is the patron saint of French haberdashers. In Belgium and elsewhere in Continental Europe, Saint Nicholas remains their patron saint, while Saint Catherine was adopted by the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers in the City of London.

Notable Haberdashers

  • John Gruant, founder of the science of demography

Worshipful Company of Haberdashers

Until about 1800, an adult male practising a trade or craft in or around the City of London would almost certainly have been a member (freeman) of one of the City of London livery companies. He would probably have served an apprenticeship and been a member of a company corresponding with his occupation, almost all of which are known as the "Worshipful Company of..." their relevant trade, craft or profession.

The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers is one of the 12 senior Livery Companies of the City of London. The company received its Royal Charter in 1448 and has records dating back to 1371.

The company was originally responsible for the regulation of silk and velvet merchants.

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