Nathan, Baron (Research note)

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.  You can read more information about Baron Nathan here.

Baron Nathan Dancing the Hornpipe