Robert Cooper Lee Bevan

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Robert Cooper Lee Bevan
Born 8 February 1809
Walthamstow, East London, England
Died 1890
Occupation Banker
Spouse(s) Agneta Elizabeth Yorke
Emma Frances Shuttleworth,
Children 7 (first marriage), 9 (second marriage)
Parent(s) David Bevan
Favell Bourke Lee
Relatives 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.

Early life[edit]

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).[1] He was educated at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford.[2]


Bevan served as a senior partner of Barclays Bank.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Driveway, Fosbury House
The Bevan family vault at Christ Church, Cockfosters

He resided at Fosbury House, Wiltshire, and Trent Park, London. His father bought Trent Park as a gift to celebrate his marriage to Agneta Elizabeth Yorke.

He founded Christ Church, Cockfosters,[3] and the funerary monument to the Bevan family is the largest single monument in the graveyard of that church.[4] The inscription to him reads, "He lived soberly, righteously and godly in this present world".[2] 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.[2]

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:

He had a further nine children with his second wife, the translator and poet Emma Frances Shuttleworth, daughter of Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth, Bishop of Chichester:


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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Bevan, Robert Cooper Lee (1809–1890)". ODNB. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Cockfosters Church Centenary" (PDF). Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  3. ^ Christ Church Cockfosters: 125 years. Franey & Co., London, c. 1964. p. 5.
  4. ^ Our History. Christ Church, Cockfosters. Retrieved 21 July 2015.