Brien Cokayne, 1st Baron Cullen of Ashbourne

Brien Ibrican Cokayne, 1st Baron Cullen of Ashbourne KBE (12 July 1864 – 3 November 1932) was a British businessman and banker.

The Lord Cullen of Ashbourne
The Lord Cullen of Ashbourne in 1932.jpg
Governor of the Bank of England
In office
Preceded byThe Lord Cunliffe
Succeeded bySir Montagu Collett Norman
Personal details
Brien Ibrican Cokayne

(1864-07-12)12 July 1864
Died3 November 1932(1932-11-03) (aged 68)

Cokayne was the fourth son of George Cokayne (originally George Adams), author of The Complete Peerage, the son of William Adams and his second wife Mary Anne, granddaughter of Charles Cokayne, 5th Viscount Cullen. His mother was Mary Dorothea, daughter of George Henry Gibbs and sister of Hucks Gibbs, 1st Baron Aldenham. He was educated at Charterhouse School.

Cokayne was a partner in the firm of Anthony Gibbs and Sons, merchants and bankers, and also served as Deputy Governor from 1915 to 1918 and as Governor from 1918 to 1920 of the Bank of England. Appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1917,[1] in 1920 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Cullen of Ashbourne, of Roehampton in the County of Surrey,[2] a revival of the Cullen title held by his paternal ancestors. He was also appointed a Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure by Japan.[3]

Lord Cullen of Ashbourne married Grace Margaret, daughter of Reverend the Hon. John Marsham, in 1904. They had three sons and three daughters. He died in November 1932, aged 68, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Charles.


  1. ^ "No. 30250". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 August 1917. p. 8795.
  2. ^ "No. 31876". The London Gazette. 23 April 1920. p. 4698.
  3. ^ "No. 32078". The London Gazette. 8 October 1920. p. 9810.


Government offices
Preceded by
Governor of the Bank of England
Succeeded by
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Cullen of Ashbourne
Succeeded by