Minister of Money
Henry Duncan, Founder of the Savings Bank Movement
A parish minister in Dumfriesshire, the Reverend Henry Duncan (1774–1846) was also a poet, novelist, geologist and social reformer. This biography explores the ways in which he fused the at-times antagonistic traditions of Presbyterianism and the Scottish enlightenment in his greatest achievement: the founding of the world's first community savings bank. Designed to help the ‘industrious poor’ save for times of hardship, the idea would eventually lift many out of poverty.