Rev. Henry Duncan

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Henry Duncan, Min. of Ruthwell

Also Known As: ""Father of Savings Banks""
Birthplace: Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. George Duncan and Anne McMurdo
Husband of Mary Grey and Agnes Duncan
Father of George John Craig Duncan, Min. of Kirkpatrick-Durham; William Wallace Duncan, Min. of Cleish and Barbara Ann Duncan
Brother of Thomas Tudor Duncan, Min. of Dumfries and Mary Duncan

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About Rev. Henry Duncan

The Rev. Henry Duncan (1774 - 1846) "Father of Savings Banks," would have earned a place in history even without his efforts to save the Ruthwell Cross. He was also a leading geologist, antiquarian and an accomplished artist. He was the discoverer of the first fossil footprints in Britain at Corncockle Quarry near Lochmaben, and wrote a distinguished paper that was presented to the Royal Society in Edinburgh. His concerns for the poverty of the day and the shame that was attributed to claiming the poor rate led him to set up the first ever savings bank in 1810.


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Rev. Henry Duncan's Timeline

October 8, 1774
Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
August 1, 1806
Age 31
Age 33
July 17, 1810
Age 35
October 24, 1836
Age 62
February 12, 1846
Age 71