John Saunders Gilliat

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Gilliat in 1895.

John Saunders Gilliat (24 November 1829 – 11 February 1912) was a British banker and Conservative politician.

He was the son of John Kirton Gilliat and Mary Anne Saunders of Fernill, Berkshire. His father was founder J K Gilliat and Company, a merchant banking company that traded in England and America.[1] He was educated at Harrow School and University College, Oxford.

In 1860 he married Louisa Babington, daughter of Matthew Babington of Rothley and Frances Sykes, with whom he had six children. His daughter, Ida Sophia Gilliat, married George Vere Hugh Cholmondeley (b. 13 Sep 1871, d. 28 Mar 1925).[1][2] In 1862 he joined the court of the Bank of England, and was Governor from 1883 to 1885,[1] having previous served as its Deputy Governor.[3]

In 1886, he was elected as Conservative member of parliament for the Clapham constituency of south London. In 1891 he put his name forward as Conservative candidate for the parliamentary seat of St Albans, but withdrew his candidacy.[4] He was eventually chosen to contest Widnes when the sitting MP, T C Edwards-Moss retired for health reasons. He held the seat until 1900.

Gilliat made his home at Chorleywood, Hertfordshire.[1] He was deeply involved in the affairs of the Church of England, and was a member of the Committee For Church Defence and Church Instruction and the Bishop of St Albans's Fund as well as being one of the governors of Queen Anne's Bounty.[5][6][7]

On his death at the age of 82 in 1912 Gilliat was the oldest member of the Court of the Bank of England.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Obituary: Mr J S Gilliat, The Times, 16 February 1912, p.9
  2. ^ Howard, Joseph Jackson and Crisp, Frederick Arthur [1] "Visitation of England and Wales, Vol. 8" pp. 91 - 93
  3. ^ "Deputy Governors of the Bank of England" (PDF). Bank of England. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  4. ^ The St Albans Division of Herts., The Times, 27 June 1891, p.7
  5. ^ Archbishop of Canterbury on Church Defence, The Times, 7 April 1897, p.14
  6. ^ Bishop of St Albans' Fund, The Times, 7 June 1898, p.3
  7. ^ Ecclesiastical Intelligence, The Times, 23 March 1907, p.9

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Fletcher Moulton
Member of Parliament for Clapham
Succeeded by
Percy Melville Thornton
Preceded by
Tom Edwards-Moss
Member of Parliament for Widnes
Succeeded by
William Hall Walker
Government offices
Preceded by
Henry Riversdale Grenfell
Governor of the Bank of England
1883 – 1885
Succeeded by
James Pattison Currie