Rathbone family of Liverpool, England, were a
family of non-conformist merchants
and shipowners, whose sense of high social consciousness led to a
fine tradition of philanthropy and
origins are traced to Gawsworth, near Macclesfield, where the first William Rathbone was born in 1669, as the son of Phillip Rathbone.
It was his
son, William Rathbone II
on 22 May 1696
, who left
Gawsworth for the growing port of Liverpool, where he worked as a
sawyer and, it appears, established a timber business.
William Rathbone IV leased the family house and estate of
Greenbank, then part of the Toxteth Park estate, to serve as a country retreat for his young
family, and purchased the freehold of Greenbank House in 1809, the year of his death.