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July 18, 2007

Rothschild Legends

Slightly odd story here about Nathan Rothschild:

Legend has it that Nathan was with the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo when Napoleon was defeated and raced back to London to buy British government stock before news of victory spread.

Wikipedia says that it was his private intelligence network: the story I've always heard is that they had a well developed carrier pigeon network. Absolutely the very first time I've heard of his actually being over the Channel at this point.


I would also be absolutely astonished to be told that that was in fact a picture of Nathan Rothschild. A military uniform? With what (to a very untrained eye, I agree) looks like the insignia of at least one order of knighthood?

This looks more like it:


Even by the slightly dodgy standards of portrait painting, I don't think those are the same people, do you? Current members of the family look much more like the second picture: so I wonder who the Telegraph has actually used in that first one? Wellington maybe? The caption doesn't make it clear (NM financed Wellington's campaign) but the picture name is Rothschild. Hmm, perhaps just a mild boo boo there.

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I think this is the image of Wellington they have used.

To be fair, the Telegraph's caption may just have been ambiguous: "Nathan Rothschild financed the Duke of Wellington's campaign against Napoleon". Perhaps they meant the reader to understand the portrait was of Wellington?


Posted by: Judge | Jul 18, 2007 11:16:20 AM

Nathan Rothschilds, I believe, is usually credited with the seminal insight that there are three notably successful ways to ruin: wine, women and engineers.

Posted by: Bob B | Jul 18, 2007 11:20:43 AM

Why not the military uniform? At that point commissions in the army where property that could be traded like any other, and he would certainly have been rich enough to buy one if he wanted (and then maybe sell it later at a profit).

Posted by: chris strange | Jul 18, 2007 8:52:57 PM