This site attempts to protect users against Cross-Site Request Forgeries attacks. In order to do so, you must have JavaScript enabled in your web browser otherwise this site will fail to work correctly for you. See details of your web browser for how to enable JavaScript. Skip to Main Content Library - University of Liverpool
Toggle mobile navigation

Due to refurbishment works in the Sydney Jones Library, Special Collections and Archives is closed to users from Monday 3 June until Monday 16 September (inclusive). We're still available for your enquiries via email.

Special Collections & Archives: Samuel Greg Rathbone (17 May 1823-12 March 1903)accredited archive service logo

SC&A includes manuscripts and archives, medieval to modern; early and finely printed books, and science fiction collections.

Samuel Greg Rathbone (17 May 1823-12 March 1903)

Portrait of Samuel Greg RathboneSecond son of William Rathbone V and Elizabeth (née Greg).

m. 1. (26 April 1855) Rosamund Maria Cuthbert (c. 1834-1867), daughter of Col. Cuthbert of Cheltenham; they lived at Allerton House, Liverpool.

Nine children:
William Cuthbert (25 Feb 1856-1943)
Rosamund Augusta (1857-1953)
m. Arthur Godfrey 9 April 1885
Caroline Ida (b.1859?) m. John Owen Desborough 22 March 1890
Sidney Cuthbert (b. 18 June 1860)
Alexander Cuthbert (16 June 1861-1863)
Ella Marion (1862-1946) m. Henry S. Hele-Shaw 12 April 1890
Hilda Marian (1864-1926)
Robert Cuthbert (4 Aug 1865-1943)
Rosamund Minna Frances (1867-1938)

m. 2. (9 Jan 1869) Augusta Hervey (née Lyle, d. 27 Jan. 1913)

Samuel Rathbone was a merchant, becoming partner in the family firm of Rathbone Brothers and Co. in 1847. His successful trip to China in the 1840s led to the establishment of two branch houses, in Shanghai and Canton, to sell British-made goods and purchase Chinese teas and silks for export.

In Liverpool, he was elected as a Liberal councillor in the 1860s. His main concern was for the improvement of elementary education, and he founded a pupil teacher college and day industrial school in the city. He was a J.P. for over 40 years, and was made a Freeman of Liverpool in 1894. Samuel Greg Rathbone in the Rathbone papers

Samuel Greg Rathbone in the Rathbone papers

Papers of Samuel Greg Rathbone (RP XI) date from 1836-c. 1880 and include:

  • RP XI.1 - General Correspondence (100 items)
  • RP XI.2 - Personal Papers (2 items, a notebook and a memoir

Finding and using