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Baillie, James Evan (1781?–1863), merchant, banker, and politician, was born in Bristol, probably in 1781, into a successful Scottish merchant-planter family that had settled in Bristol in the 1770s. He was baptized at St Augustine-the-Less, Bristol, on 26 June 1782, the third but second surviving son of ...

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Baring, Edward Charles, first Baron Revelstoke (1828–1897), merchant banker, was born on 13 April 1828, the fifth son of Henry Baring (1776–1848), a merchant banker, and the second son of his second marriage, to Cecilia Anne (d. 1874), the daughter of Admiral Windham...

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Sir Francis Baring, first baronet (1740–1810) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1806–7 [left, with his brother John Baring (centre) and son-in-law Charles Wall (right)] private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Baring, Sir Francis, first baronet (1740–1810), merchant and merchant banker, was born at Larkbear, Exeter, on 18 April 1740, third of the four surviving sons and one daughter of John Baring (1697–1748) and his wife, Elizabeth Baring (1702–1766), daughter of John Vowler, a prosperous ...

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John Baring, second Baron Revelstoke (1863–1929) by Vandyk © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baring, John, second Baron Revelstoke (1863–1929), merchant banker, was born on 7 September 1863 in Kingston upon Thames, the eldest child of the five surviving sons and three daughters of Edward Charles Baring, later first Baron Revelstoke (1828–1897), and his wife, Louisa Emily Charlotte (...

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Benson, Sir Reginald Lindsay [Rex] (1889–1968), army officer and merchant banker, was born on 20 August 1889 at 16 South Street, Mayfair, London, the second of the five children of Robert Henry Benson (1850–1929), merchant banker and art collector, and his wife, Evelyn Mary (1856–1943)...

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Benson, Robert Henry [Robin] (1850–1929), merchant banker and art collector, was born on 24 September 1850 at Fairfield House, Fairfield, near Manchester, the eldest of three children of Robert Benson (1814–1875), merchant banker, and his wife, Eleanor (1824–1883), daughter of Vice-Admiral Constantine Moorsom...

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Blunt, Christopher Evelyn (1904–1987), merchant banker and numismatist, was born on 16 July 1904 at the vicarage, Ham Common, London, the second of the three sons (there were no daughters) of the Revd (Arthur) Stanley Vaughan Blunt (1870–1929) and his wife, Hilda Violet (1880–1969)...

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Robert Henry Brand, Baron Brand (1878–1963) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brand, Robert Henry, Baron Brand (1878–1963), merchant banker and public servant, was born on 30 October 1878 in Kensington, London, the seventh child and fourth son of Henry Robert Brand, second Viscount Hampden of Glynde (1841–1906), soldier, Liberal MP, and colonial governor, and his second wife, ...

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Brandt, Augustus Ferdinand (1835–1904), merchant banker, was born on 3 April 1835 at Archangel in Russia, the eldest son of Wilhelm Brandt (1802–1857), merchant, and his wife, Pauline Amburger. He came from a German merchant family that had been prominent in Russia's international trade since the end of the eighteenth century, with an agency in ...

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Sir Ernest Joseph Cassel (1852–1921) by Anders Leonard Zorn, 1909 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cassel, Sir Ernest Joseph (1852–1921), merchant banker and financier, was born on 3 March 1852 in Cologne, Germany, the youngest of the three children of Jacob Cassel (1802–1875) and Amalia, née Rosenheim (d. 1874). Jacob Cassel had a small banking business, founded by his father, ...

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Castleman, Christopher Norman Anthony (1941–2006), merchant banker, was born Christopher Norman Phillips on 23 June 1941 at St Joseph's Nursing Home, Beaconsfield, the son of Stanley Howard Phillips, a P&O purser then serving in the Royal Naval Reserve, and his wife, Joan Doris, ...

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Catto, Stephen Gordon, second Baron Catto (1923–2001), merchant banker, was born on 14 January 1923 at Woodlands, Harrow Weald, Middlesex, the only son and youngest of the four children of Thomas Sivewright Catto, first Baron Catto (1879–1959), merchant banker and governor of the ...

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Chiswell, Richard Muilman Trench (1735–1797), merchant banker and antiquary, born Richard Muilman on 24 February 1735 in New Broad Street, Bishopsgate, London, was the only son of Peter Muilman (1705?–1790), a naturalized Dutch merchant, and his wife, Mary Chiswell (1713–1785), daughter of Richard Chiswell (bap. 1672, d. 1751)...

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Coke, Gerald Edward (1907–1990), merchant banker and patron of the arts, was born on 25 October 1907 at Bruton Street, London, the only son and eldest of three children of Sir John Spencer Coke, major in the Scots Guards and royal equerry (seventh son of ...

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Cunliffe, Walter, first Baron Cunliffe (1855–1920), merchant banker and governor of the Bank of England, was born on 3 December 1855 at 29 Kensington Gate, London, the eldest of the four sons and second of the six children of Roger Cunliffe (d...

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Dawnay, Guy Payan (1878–1952), army officer and merchant banker, was born on 23 March 1878 at St James's Palace, London, the eldest child of Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. Lewis Payan Dawnay (1846–1910), MP for Thirsk and Malton from 1880 to 1892, of Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire...