Robert Cooper Lee Bevan
|Robert Cooper Lee Bevan|
8 February 1809|
Walthamstow, East London, England
Agneta Elizabeth Yorke|
Emma Frances Shuttleworth,
|Children||7 (first marriage), 9 (second marriage)|
Favell Bourke Lee
Silvanus Bevan (paternal grandfather)|
Timothy Bevan (paternal great-grandfather)
Favell Lee Mortimer (sister)
Robert Cooper Lee Bevan (8 February 1809 – 1890) was a British banker. He served as a senior partner of Barclays Bank.
Robert Cooper Lee Bevan was born on 8 February 1809 at Hale End, Walthamstow. He was the eldest son of fellow banker David Bevan (1774–1846), and his wife, Favell Bourke Lee (1780–1841). He was educated at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford.
He founded Christ Church, Cockfosters, and the funerary monument to the Bevan family is the largest single monument in the graveyard of that church. The inscription to him reads, "He lived soberly, righteously and godly in this present world". His eldest son Sydney was the joint first baptism (along with Cecil, the son of his brother-in-law Augustus Henry Bosanquet) in the new church, nine days after its consecration.
He had 16 children, seven with his first wife, Lady Agneta Elizabeth Yorke (1811-51), daughter of Vice-Admiral Hon. Sir Joseph Sidney Yorke and Elizabeth Weake Rattray:
- Sydney Bevan (1838-1901)
- Francis Augustus Bevan (1840-1919), banker, chairman of Barclays Bank from 1896-1916.
- Lucy Agneta Bevan (1841-45)
- Alice Lee Bevan (1843-1923)
- Wilfred Arthur Bevan (1846-1905)
- Roland Yorke Bevan (1848-1923), married Agneta Olivia Fitzgerald (1850-1940), daughter of Arthur Kinnaird, 10th Lord Kinnaird
- Edith Agneta Bevan (1850-1929), married William Middleton Campbell
- Ada Frances Bevan (1857-1861)
- Anthony Ashley Bevan (1859-1933), orientalist
- Hubert Lee Bevan (1860-1939)
- Millicent Ada Bevan (1862-1946)
- Gladys Mary Bevan (1865-1947)
- Gwendolen Bevan (1866-1937), married Ion Keith-Falconer
- Edwyn Robert Bevan, philosopher and historian
- Enid Bertha Bevan (1872-1954)
- Nesta Helen Bevan (1875-1960), controversial author who revived conspiracy theories about the Illuminati
John Bateman in his Great landowners, of 1883, lists Bevan as having:
- In Wiltshire, 2,227 acres (worth 1,679 guineas pa); Berkshire. 956 acres (worth 807 gpa) and Hampshire. 214 acres (worth 160 gpa). At the time parts of Berkshire were islands within Wiltshire. This refers to his Fosbury estate.
- In Middlesex, 469 acres (worth 794 gpa) and Hertfordshire 47 acres (worth 136 gpa). (Trent Park).
- Total: 3,913 acres worth 3,576 guineas per annum
He died in 1890.
- "Bevan, Robert Cooper Lee (1809–1890)". ODNB. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
- "Cockfosters Church Centenary" (PDF). christchurchcockfosters.co.uk. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
- Christ Church Cockfosters: 125 years. Franey & Co., London, c. 1964. p. 5.
- Our History. Christ Church, Cockfosters. Retrieved 21 July 2015.