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The mystery of the missing members

The article, 'The mystery of the missing members: the first 600 Chartered Accountants in England and Wales', by Peter Boys, is of particular significance to the early history of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). It is reproduced here by kind permission of the publishers, Taylor & Francis.

This article first appeared in Accounting, Business & Financial History, Volume 14, Number 1, March 2004, and can also be accessed on the Journal's web site

About the Author

Peter Boys BA FCA graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a first-class honours degree in Accounting. He spent five years with Touche Ross & Co. before becoming a lecturer in accounting at his former University. Peter Boys retired in 1999. He has contributed numerous articles to Accountancy, and is especially interested in the history of the accountancy profession. Browse our catalogue for more information on articles and books by Peter Boys.

In 2003 Peter Boys first brought his work to an online audience with What's in a name: Firms' simplified family trees on the web, a popular update to his series of highly praised family trees showing the development of the big accountancy firms of the day.