I recently was given this transcript of an artical from a book "History Of Bedfordshire" by Joyce Godber.
"Samuel Starling came from the Luton hamlet of Stopsley. he became a wealthy London brewer and was master of the Brewer's Comany in 1661. Perhaps his early years were a struggle, for Pepys thought him ungenerous. after the great fire, when his house was saved, he did give two shillings and six pence among thirty of them, and did quarrel with some that would remove rubish out of the way of the fire, saying that they came to steal. In 1669 he became Lord mayor of London, but in the gloomy conditions of the time there was little pagentry for his show."
I hope this is of interest
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