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date: 15 October 2019

Gillon, Alexanderlocked

(13 August 1741–06 October 1794)
  • Richard Groves

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Gillon, Alexander (13 August 1741–06 October 1794), merchant and politician, was born in Rotterdam, Holland, the son of the wealthy, middle-class Alexander Gillon and Mary Harris. Gillon, who was fluent in several languages, received an initial taste for the shipping business as an apprentice to British and Dutch firms courtesy of his family connections. Besides his lineage, Gillon’s other major trading commodity was his handsome appearance and the veneer of social graces, which he used as collateral for the next thirty years....

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