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Benjamin Greene

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Benjamin Greene (1780-1860), founder of Greene King

1780 April 5th. Born at Oundle, Northamptonshire, the son of Benjamin Greene (1732-1782) and his wife Rebecca Ashton (1739-1830)

Apprenticeship with brewer Samuel Whitbread

1801 Founded a brewing business with John Clark in Bury St Edmunds

1805 October 5th. Married at Bedford to Catherine Smith (1783-1855)[1]

1806 Dissolved partnership with John Clark and established a new venture with William Buck at the Westgate Brewery

1808 Birth of son Benjamin Buck Greene (1808-1902). Governor of the Bank of England

1810 Birth of son John Greene (1810-1867). Barrister

1815 August 17th. Birth of son Edward Greene. Became MP.

Sometime he inherited the estates in the West Indies of Sir Patrick Blake (d.1818) and his widow.

1836 He left Bury St Edmunds and established with his son, Benjamin Greene and Son, West India merchants and shipowners, at 11 Mincing Lane, London

1851 Living at 45 Russell Square: Benjamin Greene (age 70 born Oundle), West India Planter. With his wife Catherine. Four servants.[2]

1855 Death of his wife Catherine

1860 November 26th. Died. Of Russell Square, London. Proved by Benjamin Buck Greene, John Greene and Edward Greene.


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Sources of Information

  1. Bury and Norwich Post - Wednesday 16 October 1805
  2. 1851 Census