René Baudouin was a Huguenot refugee from Tours in France. He established himself in Lombard Street, London, with a silk merchant Etienne Seignoret. The pair were successful but they were fined for continuing to trade with France during the Anglo-French war (1689-1697).
Another Baudouin, Jacques, was a successful merchant. He gave £100 to the original appeal to create the French Hospital and was elected Director in 1718. He went on to become Deputy Governor and Secretary.
Christopher Baudouin (c. 1665- 1735) was one of the best known members of the family. He lived in Paternoster Row, Spitalfields and was a celebrated silk designer. Christopher supplied designs for the weavers Landson, Monceaux and Marescoe. He was possibly the best known designer of his generation.