Thomas Sutherland (banker)
Sir Thomas Sutherland
1887 Caricature of Mr. T Sutherland MP. Caption reads: "P and O". Published in Vanity Fair 22 October 1887.
|Born||16 August 1834|
|Died||1 January 1922 (aged 87)|
|Alma mater||University of Aberdeen|
|Known for||Founder of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (aka HSBC Holdings PLC)|
|Spouse(s)||Alice Macnaught (m. 1880, died 1920)|
Helen Sutherland (daughter)
Eric Macnaught Sutherland
Sir Thomas Sutherland, Chinese: 蘇石蘭 16 August 1834 – 1 January 1922) was a British banker and politician, initially elected to represent the Liberal Party and then as a Liberal Unionist. He founded The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation which was the founder member of HSBC Group and directed the P&O Company.(
Sutherland got his start clerking in the London office of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O). Soon after, P&O promoted Sutherland to superintendent, assigning him to British Hong Kong to manage the firm's Asian operation. In 1863 he became the first chairman of the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock. In order to help finance the burgeoning trade between China and Europe, and explore the potential for China—United States trade, Sutherland established The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in 1865 and became its first vice-chairman.
In November 1884, Sutherland was elected at a by-election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Greenock. A Liberal, he was re-elected in 1885, but when the Liberals split over Irish Home Rule he joined the breakaway Liberal Unionist Party. He was re-elected as a Liberal Unionist in 1886, but lost the seat at the 1892 general election. However, he was reinstated when his opponent was unseated on petition, and held the seat until he stood down at the 1900 general election.
In 1880, Sutherland married Alice Macnaught. She was the daughter of Rev. John Macnaught of Holy Trinity Church, Conduit Street, London, England. The couple had two sons, and a daughter, Helen Christian Sutherland (1881–1965), known as an art patron; one of the sons, Eric Macnaught Sutherland, died in the Second Boer War, the other son, Thomas Leslie Macnaught Sutherland, died during World War I. In 1920, His wife Alice died.
Death and legacy
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Thomas Sutherland
- Electric Scotland – Sir Thomas Sutherland
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Greenock
(unseated on petition)
| Member of Parliament for Greenock
|Legislative Council of Hong Kong|
Charles Wilson Murray
| Unofficial Member
Served alongside: Francis Chomley, James Whittall
Hugh Bold Gibb