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Dicey of Claybrooke Hall, Leicestershire

Also spelt "Claybrook Hall".




Thomas Dicey,
of Basingstoke, Hampshire,
born est c.1650.
He was apparently involved in selling patent medicines.
From the 1670s he seems to have been involved in selling one of the earliest British patent medicines, "Daffy's elixir" (invented by Thomas Daffy). See [Simmons, 2000].
He mar Elizabeth Cluer [bapt 6 Dec 1671, dau of Henry Cluer, of Basingstoke].
He was bur at Basingstoke, 31 Oct 1705 [Burkes LG].
Thomas and Elizabeth had issue:


  1. Elizabeth Dicey.
    She mar 1stly, pre-1713, to John Cluer [must be her cousin].
    He ran a printing business in Bow Church Yard, London. Later his business would be taken over by the Diceys.
    John Cluer was there by 1718.
    The family press is described on a visit to Bow Church-yard in 1763 as being run for 80 years (est 1683).
    Cluer became a major publisher of music in London. He also did a lot of prints (pictures).
    He died 1728.
    His will pr 5 October 1728, Prerogative Court of Canterbury. He is Printer, of Saint Mary Le Bow parish, London.
    Elizabeth mar 2ndly, 1731, to Thomas Cobb [who had worked for Cluer].
    She had issue by 1st husband:

    1. Dicey Cluer [son],
      died young, bur 6 November 1713.


  2. William Dicey,
    born 25 Dec 1690,
    printer and newspaper owner.




Bottle of the patent medicine, "Daffy's elixir", sold by Dicey and Co.
This bottle probably from 1820s-40s.
From Diggersdiary.co.uk.



Bottle of the patent medicine, "Daffy's elixir" (centre).
From Wikimedia Commons.




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