John Baring, 2nd Lord Revelstoke

John Baring, Lord Revelstoke (1863-1929), was senior partner of Barings from the 1890s until his death. He maintained Barings' strong relationships with its sovereign clients. During the First World War, Revelstoke was closely concerned with raising finance for the Imperial Russian government.

John Baring was a son of Edward Baring, 1st Lord Revelstoke, and a great-grandson of the firm’s founder, Sir Francis Baring. He became a partner of the firm in January 1890.

He was not implicated in the collapse of the firm, continued as partner and played an increasingly important role in the affairs of the firm. By the outbreak of the First World War, Barings’ prestige had been fully restored under his leadership.

Revelstoke held numerous appointments outside the firm. He was a director of the Bank of England from 1898 until his death; Receiver General of the Duchy of Cornwall; Minister Plenipotentiary as British financial representative at the Allied Conference in Petrograd in 1917; and a British representative to the Committee of Experts on German reparations in 1929.

He lived on Carlton House Terrace and owned a country house in Leicestershire. He never married, although in 1906 he proposed to Nancy Langhorne (later Nancy Astor), and his title passed to his younger brother Cecil, who was also a partner in the firm for many years.

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