Bank of England Volunteers


Loyal Volunteers of London
(The image below, the original of which hangs in The Bank of England Museum, is shown for historical interest and is not for sale)

Presentation of the Colours to the Bank of England Volunteer Corps by the Lady of Samuel Thornton, Esq. Governor of the Bank of England on 2nd September 1799.  By Thomas Stothard (1755–1834) Bank of England Museum accession 0289. © Bank of England.

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This Corps was formed by the Governors of the Bank, of their own People, in April 1798, under the Command of Thomas Whitmore, Esq. to protect the Bank of England, and the Property; not to receive Pay for military Services; and the Bank to find Clothing, Arms, and Accoutrements. The number of this Corps is limited to 450; and they at present have two Wing and six Battalion Companies, of 50 Privates each.  Their Colours were presented to them on the 2d of September 1799, by the Lady of Samuel Thornton, Esq. Governor of the Bank of England, in Lord’s Ground, Marylebone. These Colours are beautifully ornamented with the figure of Britannia, encircled with branches of Palm and Oak; and on a Label underneath, GOD SAVE THE KING. The military Committee consists of the Colonel, the Major, and seven Captains, and is permanent during life.

NAMES OF OFFICERS: Colonel, Thomas Whitmore. Lieutenant Colonel, vacant; Major, and Adjutant, James Reed. Surgeon, Mr. Vaux; Chaplain, Grenadiers. – Captain, –Mellish; Lieutenants, -Bentley, Bradley. First Battalion. -Captain, –Puget; Lieutenant, — Best. Second Battalion. -Captain, — Lewis; Lieutenant, — Aslett. Third Battalion. -Captain, –Simeon; Lieutenant, — Browning. Fourth Battalion. – Captain, — Champion; Lieutenant, –Shrubsole. Fifth Battalion. -Captain, M. Amyand; Lieutenant, — Corner. Sixth Battalion. -Captain, –Langley; Lieutenant, — Collins. Light Infantry. -Captain, — Manning; Lieutenants, — Newcombe, – Dawes. Ensigns, Messrs. Triquet, Towle, Smart, Thomas, Hutchison, Humble.

DRESS: Breast-plate oval; Britannia. Cartouch-box; Britannia in centre, with BANK VOLUNTEERS round. Whole Gaiters, Grenadiers and Battalion. Short Gaiters, Light Infantry. Grenadiers have Fur Caps.  Battalion, round Hats, with Bear-skin across, and Feather, red and white.

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Weight 0.0121 kg
Dimensions 26.2 × 33.7 cm