[24]           In 1686, Stella Burton married Owen Lavender Jr., the son of Owen Lavender Sr, who was nominated as an Assistant for Life to the ‘Society of the Art and Mystery of Frame-Work-Knitters’, in the 1663 Charter.

    Mary Burton-Gulliver was 14 years old when her sister got married, so she couldn’t grasp that the real reason for her father’s choice of a son-in-law was the guaranteed future of his own business, under the protection of the Guild.

Would you consider this a cynical use of your own daughter, or a wise business move?

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