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Sir Samuel Scott Bart & Co

Image: Alexander William George Duff, 1st Earl of Fife (1849-1912), partner in Sir Samuel Scott Bart & Co, 1912 © RBS 2018


Sir Samuel Scott Bart and Co (1824-94), established in London, was a past constituent of NatWest.


Brief history

This private bank was established in 1824 as Sir Claude Scott Bart, Williams & Co by Sir Claude Scott, a merchant. The bank traded from temporary premises at 26 Holles Street, Cavendish Square, London, and initially based its business on trade derived from Marsh, Stacey, Fauntleroy & Graham (est. 1792), bankers of Berners Street, London, which failed in 1824. In 1826 the firm moved to 1 Cavendish Square, which was refurbished by the architect Sir Jeffry Wyatville. The bank was known as Sir Claude Scott Bart, Dent & Co from 1827; Sir Claude Scott Bart & Co from 1829 to 1847; and as Sir Samuel Scott Bart & Co by 1847 (despite the death of Sir Claude Scott in 1830). In 1894 the firm was acquired by Parr’s Banking Co & the Alliance Bank Ltd of Warrington and London.


Published histories

  • F G Hilton Price, A handbook of London bankers (London: Chatto & Windus, 1876)


Summary of our archive holdings

Our archival records of Sir Samuel Scott Bart & Co have the reference code SCO.

For help understanding words used here, check our glossary of banking record types (PDF 24KB).

  • private ledger 1824-32
  • cheque 1873
  • cheque forms, incl. printer’s proofs n.d.
  • cheques and cheque book 19th cent.
  • banker’s order form 1876
  • lease of premises 1884
  • customer letter 1894
  • inventory of fittings and furniture 1894
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