On This Day in Trinity House History – 6 March


Capt. Thomas Coram, Younger Brother, given certificate to form settlement in North America

Trinity House Court Minute:

“Petition of Thomas Coram read, proposing a new settlement in some uninhabited part of North America, and praying a certificate from the Corporation… which was ordered to be given under the seal of the Corporation, Thomas Coram being a Younger Brother.”

Captain Thomas Coram (c.1668 – 29 March 1751) was a philanthropist who created the London Foundling Hospital to look after unwanted children in Lamb’s Conduit Fields, Bloomsbury. It is said to be the world’s first incorporated charity. In 1717, he unsuccessfully promoted the idea of founding a colony called Georgia in what is today Maine as a philanthropic venture.

Sadly, the nature of the certificate granted to Captain Coram is not known, and would appear to be a now-defunct function of the Corporation.

Portrait of Captain Thomas Coram

Portrait of Captain Thomas Coram by William Hogarth, currently at Foundling Hospital, London

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