|Full Name||Edward Gingell|
|Date of Birth||circa 1772|
|Place of Birth||England|
|Date of Christening||28th September 1777|
|Place of Christening||Bath Abbey, Bath, Somerset, England|
|Siblings||Mary, Ann, Elizabeth, William, Sarah, Harriott, Mary, Thomas|
|Date of Marriage||2nd November 1811|
|Place of Marriage||Valletta, Malta|
|Children||Ann, Sarah, Edward, Louisa, Harriet, Charles, Harriet, Frances, Emilia, William, Jane, Walter|
|Date of Death||11th January 1857|
|Place of Death||Valletta, Malta|
|Source||Marriage and Death Registers: St Paul Anglican Cathedral i, Valletta, Malta Newspapers: The Malta Times Il Portafoglio Maltese Publication: Mercanti Inglesi a Malta by Michela D'Angelo Notarial Archives of Malta Bank of Valletta Museum.|
Edward settled in Malta in 1806. In 1800 Malta came under the protection of Britain, and due to Napoleon's Decree of Berlin which closed most European ports to British trade, Malta became an important emporium in the central Mediterranean supplying Central Europe with British goods. Some thirty British merchants were thus attracted, from Italian Ports, Gibraltar, and the British Isles, to Malta and established their business in Malta. (In fact Edward's wife, Elizabeth Kilburn, was born in the Italian port of Leghorn where her parents had established their business in the last decade of the 18th century and later, in 1803, were forced to flee to Malta because of Napoleon's invasion of northern Italy.) Edward traded mainly in re-exporting rags from Sicily, but also imported calico, portwine and silverware. In 1808 most of these British merchants set up the 'Society of British Merchants', Edward being a founder member.
However, in 1817, Edward was appointed the 'Treasurer' of the Bank of Malta that was established in 1812. This prominent post he held for forty years until his death.
Edward's death was not only announced in all local papers, but also in 'The Times' of London. A few days later 'The Malta Times' published this Obituary: "In our last number, we announced the death, on the 11th inst., from apoplexy, of Mr Edward Gingell, the oldest English resident in this Island, where the deceased was highly respected by all classes, having held for for 40 years with great credit to himself and satisfaction to his employers, the responsible office of Cashier to the Malta Bank. He leaves a family of six children to mourn their loss."
|Submitted By||Alexander Gingell|
|Last Updated||5th July 2013|
|Baptism Date||28 Sep 1777|
|Baptism Place||Bath Abbey, Bath, Somerset, England|
|FHL Film Number||845236|
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