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Sir John Boyd, 1st Baronet Boyd (29 December 1718, St Kitts, Leeward Islands - 24 January 1800, Danson Hill) was a sugar merchant and vice-chairman of the British East India Company. He built Danson House, and was the first English owner of the Piranesi Vase.

He was the only child to Augustus Boyd (1679–1765), a northern Irish merchant who owned several sugar estates on the islands and later moved to London to set up trade links there with the plantations. John went into this family business, but not before he had read theology and classics at Christ Church, Oxford and taken a Grand Tour of the continent.

Settling in Lewisham and marrying his first wife, Mary Bumpstead, in the early 1740s, he purchased the 200-acre (0.81 km2) lease at Danson in 1753, followed by the site he intended for Danson House in 1762. Elected director of the East India Company in April 1753, he served on the Company's court until 1764, and backed the peace made by Britain in 1763 at the end of the Seven Years' War.

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