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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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Bullock, Sir Christopher Llewellyn (1891–1972), public servant and businessman, was born on 10 November 1891 at Whiston, Northamptonshire, the second child and second son in the family of seven children (one of whom died at birth) of the Revd Llewellyn Christopher Watson Bullock (1866–1936)...

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Sir Alexander Kirkland Cairncross (1911–1998) by Walter Bird, 1963 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cairncross, Sir Alexander Kirkland [Alec] (1911–1998), economist and public servant, was born on 11 February 1911 at Pine Cottage, Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the third of four sons and the seventh of eight children of Alexander Kirkland Cairncross (1865–1947), draper and ironmonger, and his wife, ...

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Sir Bernard Nathaniel Waley- Cohen, first baronet (1914–1991) by Miles & Kaye, 1961 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cohen, Sir Bernard Nathaniel Waley-, first baronet (1914–1991), public servant and businessman, was born on 29 May 1914 in London, the first son (and twin brother of Hetty) of the three children of Sir Robert Waley Cohen (1877–1952), businessman and government adviser, and his wife, ...

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Cowan, Sir Robert (1932–1993), businessman and public servant, was born on 27 July 1932 at Inverleith, Edinburgh, the youngest child and only son of John McQueen Cowan (1892–1960) and his wife, Adeline May, née Organe (d. 1981). His father, a distinguished botanist on the staff of the ...

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Durie, Sir Alexander Charles [Alec] (1915–2001), businessman and public servant, was born on 15 July 1915 at The Green, Watchet, Somerset, the elder son of Charles Durie, highway engineer and county surveyor, and his wife, Margaret Mary, née Gardner. He was educated at ...

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Fisher, Sir Antony George Anson (1915–1988), entrepreneur and founder of think-tanks, was born at 23 Launceston Place, Kensington, London, on 28 June 1915, the elder son of George Kenneth Thompson Fisher (1879–1917), civil servant and army officer, and his wife, Janet Katherine Mary...

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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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Knollys, Edward George William Tyrwhitt, second Viscount Knollys (1895–1966), businessman and public servant, was born at St James's Palace, London, on 16 January 1895, the only son (he had one sister) of Francis Knollys, first viscount (1837–1924), private secretary from 1870 to 1910 to the ...

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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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Roger, Sir Alexander Forbes Proctor (1878–1961), businessman and public servant, was born on 30 January 1878, at Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, the posthumous third son of James Paterson Roger (who to his family's eternal shame had committed suicide) and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of ...

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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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Shone, Sir Robert Minshull (1906–1992), economist and public servant, was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, on 27 May 1906, the eldest of the three sons and five daughters of Robert Harold Shone, steel stockholding merchant, and his wife, Hannah, née Minshull, a farmer's daughter. Educated at ...

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Stevenson, James, Baron Stevenson (1873–1926), businessman and public servant, was born at Dundonald Road, Kilmarnock, on 2 April 1873, the elder son of Archibald Stewart Stevenson, a warehouse manager with John Walker & Sons, and Eliza, daughter of James Morison. Stevenson was educated at ...

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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 ...