Person Male Born 1705 Died 6/11/1784
Merchant, slave trader, and diplomat. Born Scotland. 1746 he moved to London and began his own business initially in tobacco but quickly moved into the slave trade. His London base was at Philpot Lane. An important business associate in America was Henry Laurens.
His knowledge of trade with North America meant he became an advisor to the British government and in 1783 was a British negotiator for the Treaty of Paris.