Heath, John Benjamin, 1st Baron (1790 -1879)
John Benjamin Heath was the son of John Heath, merchant of Genoa, and a grand son of Benjamin Heath the great book collector. He was educated at Harrow School, where he is said to have fagged for Lord Byron. A merchant and foreign banker in London, he also served as Consul General for the Kingdom of Sardinia 1817 1861, and for the Kingdom of Italy 1861 1879. He was Director of the Bank of England 1823 1872, Deputy Governor 1843 1844, Governor 1846 1847, and Master of the Grocer's Company. He was created Baron Heath of the Kingdom of Italy 26 May 1867. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1832, and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1843. His collection of autographs was sold by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 24 April 1879, and part of the family library in the sale of part of the library of Amédee John Heath, Baron Heath by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge 7 November 1892.