Dimsdale, Fowler, Barnard & Dimsdales

Dimsdale, Fowler, Barnard & Dimsdales (1759-1891), established in London, was a past constituent of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

Brief history

This private bank was founded in 1759 by the partnership of Sir George Amyand, Roger Staples and George Mercer. It was originally known as Amyand, Staples & Mercer, and was located at 49 and 50 Cornhill, City of London. In 1850 the bank acquired Drewett, Fowler & Fowler.

By 1891 the bank was known as Dimsdale, Fowler, Barnard & Dimsdales. In that year it merged with Prescott, Cave, Buxton, Loder & Co of London; Miles Cave Baillie & Co of Bristol; and Tugwell, Brymer, Clutterbuck & Co of Bath. The merged bank took the name Prescott, Dimsdale, Cave, Tugwell & Co.

Detailed list of name changes

  • Amyand, Staples & Mercer 1759-70
  • Amyand, Staples & Watts 1770 -1
  • Cornewall, Staples & Watts 1771-4
  • Staples, Baron Dimsdale, Son & Co 1774-8
  • Staples, Dimsdale, Son & Barnard 1778-9
  • Staples, Baron Thomas Dimsdale, Sons & Barnard 1779-84
  • Baron Dimsdale, Sons, Barnard & Staples 1784-90
  • Baron Dimsdale, Sons & Barnard 1790-3
  • Baron Dimsdale, Sons, Barnard & Son 1793-1804
  • Baron Dimsdale, Barnard, Son & Dimsdale 1800-12
  • Barnard, Dimsdale & Dimsdale 1812-24
  • Barnard, Dimsdales & Barnard 1824-38
  • Barnard, Dimsdale, Barnard & Dimsdale 1838-45
  • Barnard, Barnard & Dimsdale or Barnards, Dimsdale & Co 1845-9
  • Barnard, Barnard & Dimsdale 1849-50
  • Dimsdale, Drewett, Fowler & Barnard 1850-65
  • Dimsdale, Fowler & Barnard 1865-70
  • Dimsdale, Fowler & Barnard 1870-2
  • Dimsdale, Fowler, Barnard & Dimsdales 1872-1888
  • Dimsdale, Fowler, Barnard & Dimsdales 1888-90
  • Dimsdale, Fowler, Barnard & Dimsdales from 1890

Published histories

  • FG Hilton Price, A handbook of London Bankers (London: Chatto & Windus, 1890)

Summary of our archive holdings

Our archival records of Dimsdale, Fowler, Barnard & Dimsdales have the reference code DIM.

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Partnership records

  • partners' correspondence 1762-1890
  • partnership agreements 1774, 1888
  • partners' personal and family papers 1775-1889
  • profit and loss partnership ledger 1872-90
  • amalgamation papers 1890

Financial records

  • receipts 1773, 1803, 1805
  • profit and loss accounts 1777-1804, 1872-90
  • bills of exchange and promissory notes 1777-1893
  • general ledger 1784-90

Legal records

  • papers re bad debt, bankruptcy and forgery cases 1797-1863
  • security registers 1860-1906

Customer records

  • deeds and legal papers concerning property 1657-1835
  • surety and indemnity bonds 1763-1807
  • customer account ledger 1774-5
  • signature books 1774-1891
  • customer papers 1775-1837
  • cheque books and forms 1775-1890
  • marine insurance policies 1777-1802
  • powers of attorney 1790-1805
  • customer account passbooks 1792-1834
  • notarial certificates, money lent to United States Treasury 1794-5
  • customer account balances 1795-1846
  • share certificates of Thames Steam Yacht Club 1818
  • customer correspondence 1819-1880
  • papers of Rock Reversionary & Loan Society 1824-45
  • papers re railway company customers 1829-96
  • share certificates of Bank of the United States of America 1836-40
  • security registers 1860-1906

Staff records

  • staff fidelity bonds 1766-1812
  • correspondence re recruitment and employment of clerks 1778-1852
  • salary receipt books 1791-1849
  • staff photographs c.1850-1900

Property records

  • title deeds: 3 St Peters Alley 1677-1815, 49-50 Cornhill, 1550-1801
  • papers re rebuilding 3 St Peters Alley and 49-50 Cornhill post Great Fire c.1670
  • papers re premises rates and taxes 1784-1850
  • papers re repairs and reconstruction of bank premises 1789-1860
  • premises ledger 1792-1811
  • lease of property in Victoria Place, 1815
  • agreement re gas supply, 50 Cornhill, 1891
  • inventory of fixtures and fittings, 3 St Peters Alley 1826
  • papers re fire insurance, 49-50 Cornhill 1828-30