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Authorised form of nameSlingsby; Henry (c.1620 - c 1688); master of the mint
Other forms of nameSlingisbie, Henry;
Slingesby, Henry
SurnameSlingsby
ForenamesHenry
Datesc1620 - c 1688
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
England, Europe (c. 1620)
Death:
England, Europe (c.1688)
ActivityEducation:
Exeter College, Oxford (matriculated 1635)
Career:
Deputy Master of the Mint under Sir Ralph Freeman (1662-1667); Master of the Mint (1663), suspended from office on grounds of incompetence (1680), resigned (1686); Secretary for the Council for Trade and Plantations (1670-1672)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Original Fellow
Election Date:
22/04/1663
Date of ejection/withdrawal:
18 November 1675 (for not paying his dues)
RelationshipsParents: Sir William Slingsby and Elizabeth Board
Siblings: Elizabeth Slingsby
Married: Ann Cave
Children: Anthony Slingsby; Harry (Henry) Slingsby; Elizabeth Slingsby
General contextDuring Slingsby's tenure as Master of the Mint, Pierre Blondeau's machinery slowly replaced the previous hammered process of coin production. He worked with John Evelyn (FRS 1663) and Christopher Wren to examine proposals for the repairs on St Paul's Church in 1663, and also associated with Samuel Pepys. He continuously lived beyond his means and towards the end of his life was financially ruined, with a settlement with his creditors only being reached in court after Slingsby's death. As Secretary to the Council for Trade and Plantations, within the Board of Trade government body, Slingsby worked to further the government's colonial interest. In his post, he made £500 quarterly. The Council's orders and tasks fell within a broad remit and included finding ways in which to take and enslave people to bring to the colonies, mediating between the Royal African Company and the colonies, as well as enforcing the 'reeducation' of Native Americans and enslaved people in the colonised regions.
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; Foster
References:
Sir John Craig, 'The Royal Society and the Royal Mint' in NR 1964 vol 19 pp 156-167
Royal Society codeNA4956
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
DM/5/68'Transactions of the Committee for Correspondence'19 August 1664, 23 September 1664
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