Benjamin Buck Greene

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Benjamin Buck Greene (1808 – 3 April 1902) was a Governor of the Bank of England.


Born the son of Benjamin Greene, Greene was educated at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds.[1] Green went to Saint Kitts in 1829 to look after his father's interests.[1] Through his wife's family connections, Greene formed a partnership with James and Henry Blyth, who controlled much of the external trade and sugar production of Mauritius, in 1846.[1] Blyths and Greene, merchants and shipowners, became one of London's largest colonial merchants and shipowners importing sugar from Mauritius and then exporting British goods back there again.[1] He converted Spooner's Estate on Saint Kitts to steam-powered milling in the 1870s.[2]

Buck purchased Midgham House in Berkshire in 1856.[1] He was High Sheriff of Berkshire in 1865.[3]

Elected a Bank of England director from 1850 to 1900, he became Deputy Governor in 1871 and went on to become Governor in 1873.[1] He died at his home in Berkshire on 3 April 1902.[4]


In 1837 Greene married Isabella Elizabeth Blyth, daughter of Thomas Blyth, a wealthy ship merchant. She died in 1888.[4] They had three sons and three daughters.[1] His son Henry David Greene became a barrister and Conservative MP.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Benjamin Buck Greene at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ Spooner's Ginnery
  3. ^ "No. 22936". The London Gazette. 4 February 1865. p. 559.
  4. ^ a b "Obituary". The Times (36733). London. 4 April 1902. p. 7.
  5. ^ "Obituary". The Law Journal: 495. October 16, 1915.