Thomson Hankey junior

5th Jun 1805 - 13th Jan 1893

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Eldest son of the eight children of Thomson Hankey senior (q.v.) and his wife, Martha, daughter of Benjamin Harrison. Married Apolline Agatha (died 1888), 4 February 1831. She was the daughter of William Alexander and half-sister of Sir William Alexander (q.v). Joined his father's firm and became the longest-serving senior partner in Thomson Hankey & Co. Elected a director of the Bank of England in 1835; deputy governor (1849–51); Governor (1851–3). Liberal MP for Peterborough 1853-1868 and 1874-1880. He spoke mainly on economic questions. He wrote on questions of finance and political economy, including The principles of banking, its utility and economy, with remarks on the working and management of the Bank of England (4th edn, 1887). April 1855-July 1877: a member of the Political Economy Club. He and Apolline had no children; his great-nephew Ernest Harvey joined the Bank of England in 1885 and much later became deputy governor, 1929–36.

  2. A visitor at the house of the Dowager Duchess of Richmond in Folkstone, Kent, in the 1861 census, age 56, "Member of Parliament", with his wife Apolline; at 59 Portland Place in the 1871 census. 1881 census shows Thomson Hankey aged 75 magistrate, born Hackney, living at 59 Portland Place with his wife Apolline A., aged 72 born USA.

  3. Death of Thomson Hankey aged 87 registered Q1 1893 Marylebone. He left £133,482 0s 8d (resworn August 1894 from £133,107 6s 2d at probate).


  1. W. P. Courtney, ‘Hankey, Thomson (1805–1893)’, rev. A. C. Howe, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2009.

  2. 1861, 1871 and 1881 censuses online.

  3. FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online]; National Probate Calendar 1893.

Further Information

Apolline Alexander (1830)
Wealth at death
£133,482 8D
Banker and politician
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Claims (4)

£6,212 0s 3d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£275 4s 4d
£2,863 19s 8d
Beneficiary (Owner-in-fee)
£5,927 9s 9d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

The compensation records show that Thomson Hankey senior, Thomson Hankey jun. and John A. Hankey had secured an Ejectment in 1832, having previously been mortgagees.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Name partner
Thomson Hankey & Co.
West India merchant  
Bank of England
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Member of Court of Directors 1835-37, 1838-42, 1843-45, 1846-48, 1849-93, Deputy Governor 1849-51, Governor...

Cultural (1)

Political Economy Club...... 

Political (1)

election →
Peterborough Northamptonshire
1853 - 1868
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Peterborough Northamptonshire
1874 - 1880

Relationships (4)

Son → Father
Nephew → Aunt
First Cousins

Addresses (1)

59 Portland Place, London, Middlesex, London, England