2017-06-01 10:27:19 UTC
I have a William Steeper, of St Holborn, London (d 1650) who was in a Chancery suit from 1640 called "Citizen & Merchant Taylor of London".
As expected, he appears in the 'List of Freemen of the Merchant Taylors' Company, 1530-1928" as being admitted as a Freeman (having served as an apprentice to Leonard Taylor, Citizen & Merchant Taylor) on 6 August 1619.
However, I have also discovered on the 'Records of London Livery Companies Online' at http://www.londonroll.org/home a further William Steeper who was apprenticed to a William Wilson, Clothworker, of London on 27 March 1609 for 9 years.
I wonder if anyone has a view on whether it is possible that these two William Steepers are one in the same and that he started as an apprentice clothworker, but later became an apprentice merchant taylor? Clothworking and tailoring seem to me to be related trades?
All comments welcome.