West India merchant
Originally Munckley, Gibbs and Richards, until c. 1802
Dissolution of partnership of George Gibbs, James Richards and George Gibbs jun. by retirement of James Richards. Business continued as George Gibbs and Son.
Robert Bright, youngest son of Richard Bright. Joined George Gibbs & Son of Bristol 1814, in 1816 went to Anthony Gibbs' offices in Spain. In 1818 the Bristol firm was restyled as Gibbs, Bright & Co., of Liverpool and Bristol, on the death of George Gibbs sen., with the managing partner his son George Gibbs jun. Robert Bright became managing partner of the firm after George Gibbs' [jun.'s] retirement in 1839: the firm purchased the SS Great Britain in 1850. The firm was absorbed into Anthony Gibbs in 1881.
London Metropoiitan Archives, Antony Gibbs & Sons Ltd. GB 0074 CLC/B/012
London Gazette 16214 31/12/1808 p. 7.
Elizabeth Neill, Fragile fortunes: the origins of a great British merchant family (Wellington, Somerset, Rylands, 2008), pp. 350-2, 378-82.