Sir Maurice Abbot

Male 1565 - 1642  (77 years)

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  • Name Maurice Abbot  [1
    Prefix Sir 
    Born 2 Nov 1565 
    Christened 5 Nov 1565  Guildford, , Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Maurice was baptized atHoly Trinity Church.
    Gender Male 
    Died Dec 1642 
    Buried 7 Dec 1642  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Maurice was buried at Saint Stephen on Coleman Street.
    Person ID I73002  Alger
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2020 

    Father Maurice Abbot,   b. 1520,   d. 1606  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Alice Marsh,   b. 1526,   d. 1606  (Age 80 years) 
    Family ID F29474  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Joan Austen,   b. Est 1553,   d. 1597  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F29545  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret Barnes,   b. Est 1580,   d. 1630  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Married 27 May 1598 
    • Maurice and Margaret had 5 sons and 5 daughters.
     1. Edward Abbot,   b. Est 1599,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F29547  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Maurice attended elementary school in Guildford. He became a merchant and politician.

      Sometime in the 1580s he was apprenticed to William Garway, a London draper. In 1588 he joined the Levant Company and traveled to Aleppo.

      He began running the affairs of he local church, Saint Stephens in 1605 and in 1622 began serving on the vestry. He rapidly became prominent in the East India Company becomming a board member in 1607. He also became prominent in the Levant Company serving as the company's husband, the officer who authorized bills of lading and presided over routine administration. He was a member of the board of directors by 1611 but resigned in 1613 to attend to his other businesses.

      Although he was a very prominent merchant holding responsible offices in several large enterprises, he also served as deputy alderman, city auditor, assistant to ambassador Sir Henry Wotton, deputy governor and member of parliament. He eventually became governor of the East India Company and Lord Mayor of London.

      In 1625, Maurice became the first man to be knighted by Charles I.

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail:

  • Sources 
    1. [S323] Oxford Dictionary of National Biography -, Abbot, Sir Maurice (Reliability: 3), 8 May 2015.

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