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John Campbell of Lundie


? - 1712

Pioneering banker. Born into a branch of the Campbell family based at Lundie in Angus, and a relation of the Dukes of Argyll, Campbell set up as a goldsmith-banker in London in 1692. His bank, which became Coutts & Company 140 years later, pre-dated the foundation of both the Bank of England (1694, by William Paterson) and the Bank of Scotland (1695). It continues in business to this day, famous as the bankers to royalty. Royal patronage began with Campbell, when Queen Anne commissioned him to create the regalia for the Order of the Thistle.


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