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Dunton, William (1715-64)

Dunton, William, London, cm and u (1715–d. 1764). Trading in Bedford St, Covent Gdn in 1733. Son of John Dunton, yeoman, of Ryslip, (Ruislip) Middlx, and brother of John Dunton, jnr, to whom he was app. on 7 March 1715/16. Admitted freemen of the Upholders’ Co. by servitude on 4 March 1723/24, and master in 1756. Took app. named Daniel Louth, 1727–34. Took out a Sun Insurance policy on 13 December 1733 for £600 on goods in trust and utensils in warehouse, yard and storerooms. William Dunton & Co. are named in the accounts of Benjamin Mildmay, Earl Fitzwalter of Moulsham Hall, on 27 January 1743 supplying chair and settee frames costing £15 15s, and on 31 March, a walnut settee for the ‘Drawing Room above-stairs London’, £3 5s. [GL, Upholders’ Co. records; GL, Sun MS vol. 38, ref. 62539; A. C. Edwards, The Accounts of Benjamin Mildmay, Earl Fitzwalter, p. 110]

The original entry from Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 can be found at British History Online.