British Community and Family History
It was the mid-1820s that the Reynolds family first came to Portugal. Thomas Reynolds and his wife Marion Hunter settled in Oporto with their sons,Thomas William (b. 1811), Robert Hunter (b.1820) and William Hunter (b.1822).
From the choice of Oporto as his base it is clear that Thomas Reynolds's main interest was initially in wine. At that period, however, the distinction between the wine-trade and other commercial activities was not so clear-cut as it later became. Some of the well-known port wine houses did a considerable trade in Newfoundland cod. Just what the Reynolds business took in during these first years remains obscure, but cork certainly soon became part of it.
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