The Scot who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

So, you may have heard of Sir Kenneth Mackenzie Clark, the British art historian, museum director, broadcaster and Member of the House of Lords. 

Well, this article is not about him. 

It is about his father, who had the same name Kenneth Mackenzie Clark.


Scotland: A Country of Over-Achievers

There are 195 countries in the world and you will find that people of all of those countries are proud of their country.

With Scotland, it’s different.  It’s not just about being proud of a country because that is where you happen to come from.  There is a lot to be proud of when considering the achievements of the Scottish especially when you consider that the population of Scotland is small.

For example, take the 13 wealthiest families on the planet.  One of these families are the Carnegie family.  The initial wealth was built by Scot, Andrew Carnegie.  He left Scotland for the USA with hardly a penny to his name.

Then, there are Scottish inventors – Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the telephone), John Logie Baird (inventor of the television), Alexander Fleming (inventor of the first antibiotic).  There are tons more amazing Scottish inventors and inventions.

I often imagine how the world would be today if it wasn’t for them.

Then, you have the men that broke the bank at Monte Carlo.  There are only 6 men, who have done this and one of them was Scottish.


Kenneth Mackenzie Clark breaks the Bank at Monte Carlo

His name is Kenneth Mackenzie Clark (1868–1932) who was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire.  The Clark family’s wealth was derived from textiles.   Kenneth Mackenzie Clark was an enthusiastic sportsman and hard drinker.

When a player wins more money than the reserve held at a casino table, this is termed “breaking the bank”.  If a player breaks the bank, the casino must get money from their safe to settle the player’s bets.

In the late 1800s, Kenneth Mackenzie Clark broke the bank in Monte Carlo by playing roulette.  He went on to purchase a new golf course at Sospel, which lies in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in France.  He went on to build a hotel there.

Kenneth Mackenzie Clark retired at the age of 41 to become a member of the “idle rich”.







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