Baring, Sir. Francis b. April 18, 1740 d. September 11, 1810 British Statesman, Financier. Merchant banker and policitian who founded Barings Bank-once Britain's oldest bank. He was the son of a clothmaker, who had settled near Exeter and who sent young Baring to studt commerce in London. With tremendous energy and ability with his brother, they built up an import-export agency in London, he went on to found the merchant bank. He also became director of the East India Company in 1779, services for which he was made a Baronet in 1793. Serving twice as MP...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Micheldever, Hampshire, England Plot: In family vault.