See also:English banker and founder of the banking
See also:house of
See also:Coutts & Co., was
See also:born on the 7th of
See also:September 1735 . He was the
See also:fourth son of
See also:John Coutts (1699-1751), who carried on business in
See also:Edinburgh as a corn factor and negotiator of bills of
See also:exchange, and who in 1742 was elected
See also:provost of the city . The
See also:family was originally of Montrose, but one of its members had settled at Edinburgh about 1696 . Soon after the
See also:death of John Coutts the business was divided into two branches, one carried on in Edinburgh, the other in
See also:London . The banking business hi London was in the hands of
See also:James and
See also:Thomas Coutts, sons of John Coutts . From the death of his
See also:brother in 1778, Thomas, as surviving partner, became
See also:head of the
See also:firm; and under his direction the banking house
See also:rose to the highest distinction . His ambition was to establish his character as a man of business and to make a
See also:fortune; and he lived to succeed in this aim and long to enjoy his reputation and
See also:wealth . A
See also:gentleman in
See also:manners, hospitable and benevolent, he counted amongst his friends some of the
See also:literary men and the best actors of his
See also:day . Of the enormous wealth which came into his hands he made munificent use . His private
See also:life was not without its romantic elements . Soon after his settlement in London he married
See also:Elizabeth Starkey, a
See also:young woman of humble origin, who was in attendance on the daughter of his brother James . They lived happily together, and had three daughters Susan, married in 1796 to the 3rd
See also:earl of Guilford; Frances, married in 1800 to John, 1st
See also:marquess of Bute; and
See also:Sophia, married in 1793 to
See also:Burdett .
Mrs Coutts dying in 1815, her
See also:husband soon after married the popular actress, Harriet Mellon; and to her he
See also:left the whole of his immense fortune . He died in London on the 24th of
See also:February 1822 . His widow married in 1827 the 9th duke of St Albans, and died ten years later, having bequeathed her
See also:property to Angela, youngest daughter of Sir Francis Burdett, who then assumed the additional name and arms of Coutts . In 1871 this
See also:lady was created Baroness Burdett-Coutts (q.v.) . See C .
See also:Rogers, Genealogical
See also:Memoirs of the Families of
See also:Colt and Coutts (1879); and R .
See also:Richardson, Coutts &' Co . (1900) .
GEORGES COUTHON (1755-1794)
THOMAS COUTURE (1815-1879)
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