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Isaac Minet (1660-1745) was the son of a grocer in Calais. After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes Isaac and his mother hid in the house of a Dutch shopkeeper but on attempting to escape they were captured, imprisoned and forced to abjure their faith.

Isaac’s brother Stephen was already in England and between them they arranged for a boat to take Isaac, his mother, his brother Ambrose and his sister to escape. After his successful escape to England Isaac fasted every 1 August in memory of his ordeal.

Isaac settled in Dover and helped to set up the family bank there in 1690. Hughes, Isaac’s grandson joined the family business, by which time there was also a London branch. In 1767 Hughes sold the bank to a company called Fectors. The deal was settled on 21 February 1767 in Rochester. Minet & Fectors bank eventually became part of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Isaac had another grandson Daniel. This son was orphaned at the age of 14 and was adopted by his uncle William Minet. Daniel did not follow into the banking profession, instead becoming Surveyor of Customs. He was described as ‘a gentleman well versed in the history and antiquities of this Kingdom’.