Current issue notes
NatWest Piggies account launched on 5 Dec 1983, which makes little Woody 30 today. Cue embarrassing baby photo bit.ly/1kdJfbU
9 Oct 1964 memo submitted to Ulster Bank's board: 'The Future of Ladies in Banking and in particular the Problem of Lady Cashiers'
"and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done": Siegfried Sassoon, customer of our National Bank #NationalPoetryDay
People - "The glory, jest and riddle of the world": Alexander Pope (1688-1744), customer of our Drummonds Bank #PoetryDayUK
Great group of students in the archives this week, cataloguing 18th century banknotes. Lots of fun palaeography puzzles.
Wm Newmarch’s strong Thirsk accent made him an outsider in 19thC London banking bit.ly/16aE3ji Happy Yorkshire Day, Mr Newmarch
More than 30 members of staff from our banks died or sustained fatal injuries on the first day of the Somme, 1 July 1916
There's a spotlight feature about our archives in the new (Jul/Aug) issue of @HistoryScotland
Today is our 286th birthday - The Royal Bank of Scotland's founding charter was granted on 31 May 1727
What's the oddest name in your family tree? We have a Miles, Miles, Harford, Miles & Miles in ours. bit.ly/11duVKj
New website RBS Heritage Hub rbs.com/heritage has loads of info about people, places and companies in our history
On 14 March 1867 John Buchan (g'father of the 39 Steps author) was appointed manager of our new bank in Peebles bit.ly/WJpnHY
Did you see our 19th C. banker John Lubbock in BBC4 doc 'Heritage!' last night? Great story: kept a pet wasp & taught a dog to read.
12 February 1971 was the last weekday before UK Decimalisation. Banks were closed so staff could prepare bit.ly/U8LPYL
Today's festive pic: a mystery customer and his reindeer visit our mobile bank, 1960s. facebook.com/rbsarchives
UK’s ‘last typewriter’ produced today. The first typewriters were key to the history of women in banking: bit.ly/Xwtc3j
Book of Remembrance for over 2,500 of our colleagues who lost their lives in war bit.ly/RMnvrG
‘Skills learned will be treasured’: our Archives Taster Weeks initiative is awarded Archive Pace Setter status bit.ly/Tb65Zp
140Characters: 19th cent author Wm Pearson was 17yrs a banker – called it ‘drudgery at the desk’s dead wood’ bit.ly/NM3eTJ
Diary of @JohnoftheBank in the ‘45 returns tomorrow. Could all it turn out differently this time? Unlikely, but join the ride anyway!
Wonder what @JohnoftheBank did after 1745? From Jan 2013 he tweets calmer times (1772) ‘Til then – bring on the passion! danger! courage!
In autumn 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army occupied Edinburgh. Follow @JohnoftheBank’s diary to relive tense times, from 14/9
Banker-antiquarian Hilton Price born 170yrs ago today. What he didn’t know about old spoons wasn’t worth knowing bit.ly/IS00e1
Doncaster 1750 – Leeds 1774 – York 1784 – over a dozen fine old Yorkshire banks are part of today’s NatWest. Happy #Yorkshireday
Glyn, Mills & Co staff tennis team, 1920s on.fb.me/R90I8T Anyone else wish they still dressed like this at Wimbledon?
"You have hissed all my mystery lectures!" Just found out Revd Spooner (1844-1930) banked at the Westminster, Oxford branch #spoonerism
Today is The Royal Bank of Scotland's 285th birthday - our founding royal charter was granted #onthisday in 1727
New #jubilee £10 note is in a long royal tradition. Our 1st note (1727) also featured the monarch – see it here bit.ly/MmF0eU
RT @RBS_MediaTeam: We’re marking the #DiamondJubilee by launching our first ever £10 commemorative note for the Queen. Press release her ...
Apparently this is the 250th anniversary of the sandwich, invented by 4th Earl of Sandwich, whose family banked with us #PieceOfHistory
Banker FG Hilton Price had varied interests. Wrote books on banking, history of London, Egyptian antiquities, spoons bit.ly/IS00e1
Voted yet? Sheffield banker Samuel Bailey stood as a Philosophical Radical, 1831&4. Came last. Twice. Quit politics. bit.ly/ItayBn
Banker, classicist & translator Walter Leaf (d.1927) – on many subjects, ‘the best-informed person in the room’ bit.ly/I7So8T
Rhode Island baker Wm Hayward kneaded dough for years before he helped start Citizens Savings Bank in 1871 bit.ly/J1I3pu
Spring! Flowers bursting open! We especially like marigolds – memento of our earliest roots in 17th cent. London bit.ly/HhQHoI
Fanny Hopkins was our first female bank manager, appointed 1859 – over 100yrs before our second bit.ly/HoK3LV
Happy birthday to former bank clerk Randolph Caldecott, great children’s illustrator, b.22 Mar 1846. Fun cartoon: bit.ly/GLsvt5
Celebrating St Patrick’s Day this w/end with a toast to The Liberator. He also started a bank, you know bit.ly/y9r6JE Sláinte!
RBS customer William Smellie edited the first edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica, pub.1771. Thank you for everything, Mr Smellie.
Ernest Cornwall (1875-1966) served 74yrs in National Provincial Bank, from apprentice to general manager & director bit.ly/yQjFcc
Banker, politician, naturalist & archaeologist John Lubbock invented the terms Palaeolithic & Neolithic bit.ly/yNXLBs
Henry Sykes Thornton (1800-81), who kept his head in a bank crisis at 25 and lost his heart to forbidden love at 52 bit.ly/zymi1j
Derby banker and cheese innovator John Gilbert Crompton (d.1913) bit.ly/yEHi0M. Blessed are the cheesemakers.
RT @CouttsandCo: Today marks 200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens, Coutts client, author, friend of banking heiress Angela Burde ...
Tellson’s staff dev’t policy: ‘they kept him in a dark place, like a cheese, until he had the full Tellson flavour and blue-mould upon him’
RBS heritage advent calendar 24: the final door is open. Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night! bit.ly/rYeTHj
RBS heritage advent calendar 23: Santa says he'll be back in 10 mins. Hope so - busy night tomorrow... bit.ly/tWAwtF
RBS heritage advent calendar 21: Christmas nostalgia's not what it used to be. Victorian view of a Regency Christmas bit.ly/u7vuZp
RBS heritage advent calendar 20: best holiday greetings to American friends. Here's a fine Pennsylvanian Santa bit.ly/tAkxrk
RBS heritage advent calendar 18: Christmas box book, 1789 bit.ly/uQADtB
The Ilay series
Our present Ilay banknote series was launched in September 1987. The notes are currently issued in six denominations - ranging from £1 to £100 - and the series is named after the first governor of The Royal Bank of Scotland, Archibald Campbell, Earl of Ilay (1682-1761), whose portrait graces the front face of each note. Ilay's portrait also features as the watermark on our current notes.
Ilay was the right-hand man in Scotland for Britain’s first Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, and played an important part in establishing Scottish banking. He was closely involved in the foundation of the Royal Bank in 1727 and also set up the British Linen Bank in 1746. He was noted for his support of Scottish universities.
On the reverse, each denomination in the Ilay series features a different Scottish castle. These castles first appeared on RBS bank notes in 1972, following the merger of National Commercial Bank of Scotland and The Royal Bank of Scotland in 1969.
Full details of the signatories, issue dates, serial numbers and issue extents of the Ilay series are in banknotes collectors details (PDF - 17KB).