Silvanus Bevan

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Silvanus Bevan (1691–8 June 1765) was an apothecary, who founded the successful firm of Allen & Hanburys.

He was born into a prosperous Welsh Quaker family. His father was also called Silvanus Bevan (1661–1727). His mother was Jane Bevan (born Phillips).

He left Swansea as a young man and moved to Cheapside, in London.

He obtained his "Freedom" from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 1715 having served his seven years’ apprenticeship with Thomas Mayleigh. He established his Pharmacy at Number Two Plough Court, Lombard StreetODNB article by Geoffrey Tweedale, ‘Bevan, Silvanus (1691–1765)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 , accessed 10 March 2008. in one of whose rooms Alexander Pope, the poet, had been born in 1688. William Cookworthy was one of his apprentices.William Cookworthy 1705-1780: a study of the pioneer of true porcelain manufacture in England by John Penderill-Church, Truro, Bradford Barton (1972).

On 9 November 1715, he married Elizabeth, the daughter of Daniel Quare, the royal clockmaker at a Friends' meeting-house in the City.The Gracechurch Street Meeting House (Gamble 1923, 28-29). His wedding was attended by Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, Lord Finch, Lady Cartwright, William Penn, the Venetian ambassador and his...
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