George Smith MP

Partnership Role

Smith, Payne & Smith

Banker (Banking)

No notes

Firm Notes

A major lender to Manning & Anderdon and through the latter's failure a very prominent firm in the compensation process. The bank had also been entangled earlier in lending to slave-owners, and owned The Farm in Jamaica at least between 1789 and 1791 and probably until 1798; lent against the estates and enslaved people on Holland, Fish River and Petersville plantations in Jamaica in 1824, buying additional enslaved people with co-mortgagees for Holland in 1830; and were mortgagees on Friends estate in British Guiana.

Firm Sources

For very brief notes on the history of the bank and its related ones, see the RBS Heritage Online site:,Brothers%26_Co,_Kingston-upon-Hull,_1784-1902 and J. A. S. L. Leighton-Boyce, Smiths the bankers 1658-1958 (London: privately published by National Provincial Bank, 1958).