John Horsley Palmer

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John Horsley Palmer (7 July 1779 – 7 February 1858) was an English banker and Governor of the Bank of England.


Palmer was the fourth son and seventh child of William Palmer of Nazeing, Essex, and his wife Mary Horsley, daughter of John Horsley the rector of Thorley, Hertfordshire, and sister of Samuel Horsley. His father was a London merchant.[1] He was educated at Charterhouse School where in 1794 he took part in the first school cricket match against Westminster School.

Palmer became a Director of the Bank of England in 1811, remaining until 1857. In 1820, he purchased Hurlingham House in Fulham.[2] He served as Deputy Governor of the bank from 1828 to 1830, and Governor from 1830 to 1833.[3] He extended the property at Hurlingham by six acres, and let it to the brother of the Duke of Wellington.[2] He was a member of Political Economy Club and published several pamphlets including The Causes and Consequences of the Pressure Upon the Money-market .

Palmer died aged 78 and was buried in Catacomb B at Kensal Green Cemetery.[4]


Palmer married Elizabeth Belli, daughter of John Belli and Elizabeth Stuart Cockerell, on 16 November 1810.[5] Her portrait was painted by Thomas Lawrence.[6]


Government offices
Preceded by
Samuel Drewe
Governor of the Bank of England
1830 - 1833
Succeeded by
Richard Mee Raikes