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Affiliate Member Alexander Henderson Rt Honourable Lord Provost of Edinburgh Fisherrow Lodge No 112 and 1st Chairman National Bank of Scotland 28th January 1825

  Candidate’s Name Brother Alexander Henderson Rt Honourable Lord Provost of  Edinburgh                 


Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge 291 28th January 1825

Brother Alexander was a Member of Lodge Fisherrow No 112.

1st Chairman of the National Bank of Scotland and was constituted on 21st March 1825, with authorised capital of £5,000,000.00.

The Bank acquired Drumbreck's Hotel in St Andrew's Square Edinburgh, and the Bank opened for business on 30th October 1825. 

The Bank was granted its Royal Charter on 5th August 1831. The Bank was also Known as Drumbrech's Hotel.  First built for Sir Lawrence Dundas, intended to be a Church, Dundas intervened. He later lost the House in a card game to General Sir John Scott.

The Henderson family had extensive landholdings in keeping with its prominent social position and wealth. Besides its residence in Edinburgh, it owned Press estate, a 650-acre tract of farmland about 35 miles southeast of the city. The family spent much of its time at Press Castle, the large mansion on the northern extremity of the property. The farmland and other buildings were leased to a close relative. Alexander may have been born on the estate and at any rate spent much of his formative years in the region, in the tranquillity of the Ale Water valley, at the beach near Eyemouth, or along the fishing streams nearby.                                                                      wjrb.