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)
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
1855 Death of his wife Catherine
1860 November 26th. Died. Of Russell Square, London. Proved by Benjamin Buck Greene, John Greene and Edward Greene.
Sources of Information
- Bury and Norwich Post - Wednesday 16 October 1805
- 1851 Census