CHILD, SIR FRANCIS (1642-1713), English banker, was a Wiltshire man who became a London goldsmith in 1664. In 1671 he married Elizabeth Wheeler and with his wife's step father. Robert Blanchard (d. 1680, took over about the same time the business of goldsmiths hitherto carried on by the Wheelers. This was the beginning of Child's Bank. Child soon gave up the business of a goldsmith and confined himself to that of a banker. He was jeweller to the king, and lent considerable sums of money to the Government. He served as sheriff of Lon don in 1691 and as lord mayor in In 1698 he was elected M.P. for Devizes and in for the City of London, and was again returned for Devizes in 1 705 and 171o. He died on Oct. 4, 1713, and was buried in Fulham churchyard. Child had twelve sons. One, Sir Robert, an alderman, died in 1721. Another, Sir Francis (c. 1684-1740), was lord mayor of London in 1732, and a director of the East India Company. He was elected M.P. for the City of London in 1722, and was member for Middlesex from 1727 until his death. After the death of the younger Sir Francis at Fulham on April 20, 1740, the banking business passed to his brother Samuel, and the bank passed to his descendants, re taining its identity until May 1924, when it was absorbed by Glyn Mills and Co.