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Rev. Henry Duncan

Also Known As: ""Father of Savings Banks""
Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
Death: February 12, 1846 (71) (Stroke)
Immediate Family:

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

Occupation: Minister
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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
Age 30
August 1, 1806
Age 31
Age 33
July 17, 1810
Age 35
February 12, 1846
Age 71