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Barnett Nathan was born in Canterbury in 1793, son of the Jewish cantor at the Canterbury synagogue.  His older brother Isaac is the subject of a separate article.

 

 

He enjoyed moderate success as a dance instructor, master of ceremonies, entertainer and impresario.  In his early career as a dancing teacher he moved to Kennington near Lambeth.  Here he adopted a new name 'Baron Nathan', partly to impress but partly to mimic the well-known Baron Nathan Rothschild.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Baron Nathan dancing the egg hornpipe

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Baron Nathan (1790-1864)

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