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Rothschild family: Freedom of the City of London certificates

Not much is known about personal affiliations of members of the Rothschild family to City Livery Companies. The English Rothschilds have traditionally been members of The Fishmongers’ Company, one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London, and among the most ancient of the City Guilds.  No evidence has come to light to confirm Nathan Mayer Rothschild being a member but it may be that the Fishmongers' were one of the few livery companies to admit Jews as members.

Private family papers: Grant of Freedom of the City of London, Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (1808-1879), 1847

000/2275, 1 item

Grant of Freedom of the City of London in the name of Baron Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (Worshipful Company of Fishmongers), 27 July 1847.

Private family papers: Grant of Freedom of the City of London certificates for Rothschild family members, 1880-1904

000/954 (1/217), 1 folder

Members of the Rothschild family were admitted as Freemen of the City of London. Envelope containing Freedom of the City of London certificates for Alfred de Rothschild, 1880; (Lionel) Walter Rothschild, 1895; Lionel Nathan de Rothschild, 1904; letter confirming that Leopold de Rothschild was admitted a Freeman of the City of London, 1904. These certificates were retained in file 1/217 in the Secretariat Department 1 series. Other members of the family who were members of The Fishmongers' Company were Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild, (Nathaniel) Charles Rothschild and Mr Edmund de Rothschild.