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

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William Edward Harcourt, second Viscount Harcourt (1908–1979) by Elliott & Fry, 1959 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Harcourt, William Edward, second Viscount Harcourt (1908–1979), merchant banker and public servant, was born on 5 October 1908 at 14 Berkeley Square, London, the fourth child and only son of Lewis Harcourt, first Viscount Harcourt (1863–1922), MP and cabinet minister, and his wife, ...

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Pessagno, Sir Antonio (b. c. 1280, d. in or after 1334), financier and administrator, was a native of Genoa, where he was born probably about 1280. His historical importance lies in his position as the chief financier of Edward II between 1312 and 1319. His massive loans and furnishing of commodities for the royal household and of supplies for the war against ...

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Eric Roll, Baron Roll of Ipsden (1907–2005) by Bernard Lee Schwartz, 1978 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Roll, Eric, Baron Roll of Ipsden (1907–2005), economist, public servant, and banker, was born Erich Roll on 1 December 1907 in Nowosielitza, near Czernowitz, in the duchy of Bukowina, Austria, the younger son (there were no daughters) of Mathias Roll (1872–1954), banker, and his wife, ...

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Stratton, Adam of (d. 1292x4), administrator and moneylender, was the son of Thomas de Argoges (or Arwillis) of Stratton St Margaret, Wiltshire. Of his early life, nothing is known. The first firm evidence of Adam occurs in 1256, by when he was already a royal clerk attached to the ...

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York, Aaron of (d. 1268), financier and administrator, was the son of Josce of Lincoln. Although born in Lincoln, probably before 1190, Aaron seems to have been living in York in 1210, when he was assessed for the so-called Bristol tallage. He must, therefore, have been among the early immigrants who re-established a Jewish community at ...