Sir Angus Grossart

1937 - 2022

Merchant banker. Born in Glasgow and brought up in Carluke (South Lanarkshire), Grossart was educated at Glasgow Academy and trained in law at the University of Glasgow. He was admitted to the Scottish Bar in 1963 and practised law for several years in Edinburgh. In 1969, he founded the merchant bank Noble Grossart with Sir Iain Noble (b. 1935), which was soon successful. His business interests have been diverse; he has served as Vice Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland and a Director of Scottish and Newcastle, Mirror Group and a range of financial institutions, construction and property companies in the UK and beyond. The success of his business interests ensured Grossart found himself on the Sunday Times Rich List as one of the wealthiest individuals in Scotland.

In broader society, Grossart has served as Chairman of the National Galleries of Scotland, the Scottish Futures Trust, National Museums Scotland, the Fine Art Society, and the Heritage Lottery Fund for Scotland, a Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and served on the Board of Scottish Opera. He also serves as a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh and was a leading light in the refurbishment of St. Giles Kirk in the city.

He was married to the artist Gay Grossart (b. 1945) and the couple maintained homes in Edinburgh and restored Pitcullo Castle in Fife. Grossart was awarded as CBE in 1990 and knighted seven years later. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1998 and received an honorary degree from the University of Aberdeen in 2006.

He died at his home in Edinburgh. His bust by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi is held by the National Galleries of Scotland.

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