Hucks Gibbs, 1st Baron Aldenham

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Hucks Gibbs, 1st Baron Aldenham

Henry Hucks Gibbs, 1st Baron Aldenham MA BA FGS FSA (31 August 1819 – 13 September 1907) was a British banker, businessman and Conservative Party politician.


Aldenham the son of George Henry Gibbs,[1] whose father Antony Gibbs was a brother of Sir Vicary Gibbs, a Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.[2] He was a Senior Partner in the family firm of Antony Gibbs & Sons, and was a Director of the Bank of England from 1853 to 1901, its Deputy Governor,[3] and finally its Governor from 1875 to 1877.

He was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the City of London at an unopposed[4] by-election in April 1891,[5] and held the seat until the general election in July 1892,[6] when his oldest son Alban was elected in his place.[4] He also held the office of High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1884.[7] In 1896 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Aldenham, of Aldenham in the County of Hertford.[8] A member of the Philological Society, he was a major benefactor to the Oxford English Dictionary.


Lord Aldenham married Louisa Anne, daughter of William Adams and the Hon. Mary Anne Cokayne, in 1845. Their fourth son the Hon. Herbert Cokayne Gibbs was created Baron Hunsdon of Hunsdon in 1923 while their fifth son the Venerable the Hon. Kenneth Francis Gibbs was Archdeacon of St Albans. Lady Aldenham died in 1897. Lord Aldenham survived her by ten years and died in September 1907, aged 88. He was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Alban.[9]

Children of Lord and Lady Aldenham:


  1. "Obituary. Lord Aldenham". The Times. London. 14 September 1907. p. 6, col C. Retrieved 6 February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (subscription required)
  2. "Mr. Vicary Gibbs "The Complete Peerage"". The Times. London. 14 January 1932. p. 14, col D. Retrieved 6 February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (subscription required)
  3. "Deputy Governors of the Bank of England" (PDF). Bank of England. Retrieved 3 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 11. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. The London Gazette: no. 26154. p. 2176. 21 April 1891. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  6. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  7. The London Gazette: no. 25326. p. 1122. 7 March 1884. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 26706. p. 645. 4 February 1896. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  9. Welch 1912.


  •  Welch, Charles (1901). [ "Gibbs, Henry Hucks" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). Dictionary of National Biography (1st supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  • Henry Hucks Gibbs at

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Charles Baring
Sir Robert Fowler, Bt
Member of Parliament for City of London
With: Sir Robert Fowler, Bt to May 1891
Sir Reginald Hanson, Bt from June 1891
Succeeded by
Sir Reginald Hanson, Bt
Alban Gibbs, 2nd Baron Aldenham
Government offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Buck Greene
Governor of the Bank of England
Succeeded by
Edward Howley Palmer
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Salisbury Baxendale
High Sheriff of Hertfordshire
Succeeded by
Sir Astley Paston-Cooper
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Aldenham
Succeeded by
Alban Gibbs