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John Henderson Esquire

John Henderson was, for many years, the National Bank of Scotland's agent in Dundee and was probably the prime mover behind the donation of £250 made by the bank, in addition to his personal subscription to the Albert Institute.

Subscription value in 1863:

£30

Relative to inflation up to 2019:

£3000

Relative to income compared to 2019:

£24000

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Personal details and history

Full name

John Henderson

Date of birth

c.1810[1]

Place of birth

Edinburgh[1]

Gender

Male

Marital status

Married

Name of spouse

Catherine Ritchie in 1840[2][1][3][4]

Children

Margaret (b.1843), John (b.1846), William (b.1849), Catherine (b.1850) Isabella (b.1853), James (b.1854), Thomas (b 1856) and Ebenezer (b.1860).

Home address

232 Perth Road, Dundee, c.1842-1843.[5]
14 Thomson Street, Perth Road, Dundee, c.1844-1845.[6]
17 Thomson Street, Perth Road, c.1846-1847.[7]
Roodyards, Dundee, c.1853-1854.[8]
Meadowside Road, Dundee, c.1856-1857.[9]
Bank House, Meadowside/Reform Street/1 Albert Square, Dundee, c.1858-1883.[10]
Crescent House, 348 Perth Road, Dundee.[11]

Age at death:

Place of death:

Dundee[12]

Date of death:

18-10-1886[12]

Buried:

Unknown

Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers

Religious affiliation

Free Church of Scotland. Mr Henderson was an elder for many years in Wallacetown and afterwards in Willison Free Church.[13] He also attended the McCheyne Free Church in Perth Road, Dundee shortly before his death.[13]

Political affiliation

Unknown

Clubs / societies

Agent, Scottish Provident Institution (Life) Insurance Co., Montrose, c.1850;[14] ordinary director, Forfarshire and Perthshire Fire Insurance Co./Northern Assurance (Fire & Life), c.1856-1862[15] and 1874-1885;[16] director for subscribers, Dundee High School; c.1858-1879;[17] agent, Scottish Provident Institution (Life) Insurance Co., Dundee, 1867-1885;[18] board of governors on behalf of Dundee High School directors, Morgan Hospital, c.1864-1879;[19] director, Albert Institute Ltd., c.1867-1868;[20] member, Albert Institute Free Library Committee, c.1869-1870;[21] treasurer, Dundee Bible Society (Auxiliary to the National Bible Society of Scotland), c.1869-1886;[22] honorary director, Dundee Temperance Society, c.1869-1881;[23] trustee, Dundee Property & Investment Co.,1871-1875;[24] treasurer, Anglo-Indian Christian Union, c.1874-1886;[25] member, Free Library, Museum & Picture Gallery Committee, c.1876-1879[26] and trustee, Miss Janet Henderson Trust, c.1858-1886.[27]

Public offices

Justice of the Peace for the Dundee District of the County of Forfar, c.1884-1886.[11]

Related subscribers

Subscriber no.169 – National Bank of Scotland – John Henderson’s employer.

Subscriber no.236 -William Scott – architect of the National Bank of Scotland, Dundee.

Subscriber no.240 – P.H. Thoms – Henderson’s former boss.

Subscriber no.242 – T.W. Thoms – fellow director of Dundee High School.

Career and worklife

Occupation

Banker[28]

Employment

Agent[28]

Place of work

Bank

Work address

National Bank of Scotland Office, 12 Cowgate, Dundee, c.1826-1847.[29]
National Bank of Scotland, Montrose, c.1850-1851.[14][1]
National Bank of Scotland Office, 14 St. Andrews Place, Cowgate, c.1853-1854.[8]
National Bank of Scotland, 71 Reform Street, Dundee, c.1856-1883.[30]

Career to date:

He had been with the bank since 1826, when the premises were in the Cowgate. The agent at that time was Mr. P.H. Thoms, who promoted him to the position of accountant. Thereafter, he was transferred to Montrose where he acted as joint agent for two or three years and returned to Dundee as agent in 1853. Under Mr. Henderson, business increased and the bank moved to the handsome building at the top of Reform Street. A shrewd and cautious banker, he earned the respect of the customers and of the directors of the bank.[13]

More information

John Henderson was, for many years, the National Bank of Scotland’s agent in Dundee and, it is reasonable to suppose, was the prime mover behind the donation of £250 made by the bank in addition to his personal subscription to the Albert Institute. It was noted after his death that he “took an active interest in promoting many benevolent and charitable institutions.”[31]

John Henderson was born in Edinburgh, c.1810,[3] and it would appear that he was with the bank from a very early age.[31] He had joined the bank in 1826, the year after it was formed in Edinburgh.[32] He was very soon promoted to accountant, appearing as such in the 1834 directory.[33] He became branch agent, c.1853,[8] succeeding P. H. Thoms and becoming the senior bank agent on the resignation of Duncan Sidey.[13] He was listed as Bank Agent in each census from 1861 to 1881. Throughout his career, he was with the Dundee branch except for a few years in Montrose, c.1850. It was during his tenure that the bank moved into its handsome new premises at the north-east corner of Reform Street, on the corner of Albert Square. The new bank was designed by City Architect, William Scott,[34] and it is likely that Henderson would have had an important role in the design process, as local representative of the client. The site was purchased in 1854[34] and completed by 1856.[9] Like a number of the subscribers John lived and worked adjacent to the proposed site for the Albert Institute and was no doubt keen to see the area improved from its somewhat run-down appearance of the early 1860s.

The first local recorded entry for the Henderson family appeared in the 1851 census. They were living in High Street, Montrose. John was 41 and his wife was Catherine Ritchie (b.c.1818 in Kilspindie, Perthshire). The couple have four children at this point: Margaret (b.1843), John (b.1846), William (b.1849) and Catherine (b.1850).[1]

By 1861, the family had moved to Dundee and were living at 18 Meadowside Road.[3][35] The family had grown with the addition of four more children: Isabella (b.1853), James (b.1854), Thomas (b.1856) and Ebenezer (b.1860).[3] By 1871, they were living in Albert Square in the Bank House which is next door to the building now occupied by The Counting House.[4]

Mr. Henderson served on a number of important Dundee bodies. In the case of Dundee High School and the Morgan Hospital this was in company with his old mentor at the National Bank of Scotland, P.H. Thoms, and subsequently his son, T.W. Thoms.[10]

On the failure of the Bank of Glasgow in 1878, his liability as a trustee of an estate that held a large amount of its stock resulted in the loss of the greater part of his means. Much sympathy was felt for him.[13] In 1881, only John and his youngest son Ebenezer were listed at 1 Albert Square.[36] His son, John junior, who was an insurance agent and clerk, was also at this address during the latter part of his father’s life.[25] After his retiral in 1883, due to ill heath,[13] John moved to Crescent House,[37] which had been the home of his old boss, P.H. Thoms, many years before. John Henderson died on 18 October 1886 of “Brain Softening.”[12] Catherine lived until 1899.[38]

Ebenezer Henderson went on to become a solicitor and was married to Elizabeth Melville Henderson. He died of appendicitis in 1903 at Crescent House, Windsor Street, aged 43.[39]

The National Bank of Scotland was bought by Lloyds Bank in 1918 but continued to trade independently until it merged with the Commercial Bank of Scotland in 1959 to form the National and Commercial Bank. In 1969, it became part of The Royal Bank of Scotland.[32] The building is now The Counting House – part of the Wetherspoon chain of pubs.[40]

Sources

  1. 1851 Census Scotland. Montrose. 312 ED3 p.13. ScotlandsPeople website.
  2. Old Parish Records. Dundee. Banns. 15 June 1840. 282/220 415. ScotlandsPeople website.
  3. 1861 Census Scotland. Dundee First District. 282/1 ED8 p.2. ScotlandsPeople website.
  4. 1871 Census Scotland. St. Clement, Dundee. 282/3 ED13 p.23. ScotlandsPeople website.
  5. Dundee Directory, 1842-43. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  6. Dundee Directory, 1844-45. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  7. Dundee Directory, 1846-47. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  8. Dundee Directory, 1853-54. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  9. Dundee Directory, 1856-57. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  10. Dundee Directories, 1858-1881. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  11. Dundee Directories, 1884-1886. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  12. Statutory Registers. St. Peter, Dundee. Death. 18 October 1886. 282/1 397. ScotlandsPeople website.
  13. Obituary Book, 1885-1888. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  14. Dundee Directory, 1850. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  15. Dundee Directories, 1856-1862. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  16. Dundee Directories, 1874-1885. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  17. Dundee Directories, 1858-1879. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  18. Dundee Directories, 1867-1885. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  19. Dundee Directories, 1864-1879. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  20. Dundee Directory, 1867-68. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  21. Dundee Directory, 1869-70. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  22. Dundee Directories, 1869-1886. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  23. Dundee Directories, 1869-1881. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  24. Dundee Directories, 1871-1875. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  25. Dundee Directories, 1874-1886. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  26. Dundee Directories, 1876-1879. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  27. Dundee Directories, 1858-1886. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  28. Dundee Directories, 1850-1881. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  29. Dundee Directories, 1834-1847. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  30. Dundee Directories, 1856-1881. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  31. Leng, John & Co. (1887) Dundee Year Book, 1886. Dundee: John Leng & Co. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  32. The National Bank of Scotland - A Brief History. Royal Bank of Scotland website.
  33. Dundee Directory, 1834. Local History, Central Library, Dundee.
  34. William Scott, architect, Dundee. Dictionary of Scottish Architects website.
  35. Ordnance survey namebooks. Forfarshire, 1857-1861. Volume 27. ScotlandsPlaces website.
  36. 1881 Census Scotland. St. Peter, Dundee. 282/1 ED1 p.53. ScotlandsPeople website.
  37. Wills and Testaments. Dundee Sheriff Court. 13 January 1887. SC45/31/38. ScotlandsPeople website.
  38. Statutory Registers. St. Peter, Dundee. Death. 14 July 1899. 282/1 280. ScotlandsPeople website.
  39. Statutory Registers. St. Peter, Dundee. Death. 1903. 282/1 274. ScotlandsPeople website.
  40. The Counting House History. J.D. Wetherspoon website.

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