Image of Houblon taken from a £50 note

Sir John Houblon (1632-1711) was the first Governor of the Bank of England. He came from a merchant family who traded with France, Portugal, Spain and the Mediterranean. James Houblon, his father, was the son of a Huguenot refugee from Lille. His mother was Mary, daughter of Jean du Quesne (a colleague of James’ and a fellow Huguenot). One of John’s brothers was also a good friend of Samuel Pepys.

Sir John was Lord Mayor of London, Governor of the Bank of England, Admiralty Commissioner and Master of the Grocer’s Company.