This refers to Thomas Coutts (1735-1822) who, with his brother, James, formed the London banking house of Coutts and Company. Its origins, however, date back to 1692 and a company founded by one Thomas Campbell (112, 224). The bank is still in business and prides itself on being bankers to the royal family and privy purse. An article in the New York Times (153) shows a picture of the Queen’s messenger arriving at the bank. It seems he is conveyed there each day in a horse-drawn carriage. Tradition is just as strong within the walls; all male employees must be clean-shaven and wear frock coats.

Rhymes with suits

The Aristocrat who banks with Coutts

Act I