Glasgow Bank Company

Scope and Content

Collection includes:

Minute Book, 1809-1843

Glasgow Office Current Account Ledgers, 1809-1839

Indexes to Current Account Ledgers, 1809-c.1830

Miscellaneous Accounting Records, 1809-1843

Banknotes and Forgeries, 1819-1830

Miscellaneous Records, 1817-1843

Bills of Exchange, 1809-1845

Administrative / Biographical History

The Glasgow Bank Company was formed in 1809 - the last bank of the old private-partnership type to be formed in Glasgow. It was unusual in several respects. The original sixteen partners had been thrown together through accident of circumstance and marriage, in the Dundee New Bank (which had been twice re-constituted and had started out as the Dundee Commercial Banking Company). The second Dundee New Bank was so successful that the partners decided to repeat the experiment in Glasgow and as a result, most of the original partners were based outwith Glasgow. The wealth of the founders is reflected in the capital structure: the capital was £200,000 in forty shares of £5,000 apiece.

The principal (and managing) partner of the bank was James Dennistoun. A prominent Glasgow citizen, Dennistoun held a quarter of the shares. The post of cashier was entrusted to William B. Cabbell, who had begun as a bank clerk with the London firm of Ransom, Morland & Co., the partners of which were also involved in the Dundee and Glasgow ventures.

The bank's Head office in Glasgow was on the corner of Montrose Street and Ingram street and a branch was also established at Kirkcaldy, where one of the partners was based. In 1818, a further seven partners were invited to join the company, in order to strengthen local connections with the city of Glasgow. Competition for business in the city had become sharper, following the establishment of the Royal Bank of Scotland and British Linen Bank agencies.

In 1836, a committee of partners was formed to consider the desirability of a change in the bank's constitution to joint-stock form. This was postponed as a result of the merger with the Ship Bank which took place later in the same year, to form the Glasgow and Ship Bank. The Glasgow and Ship Bank became part of the Union Bank of Scotland in 1843.


The collection is arranged as follows:

  • GBC/1: Minute Book
  • GBC/2: Glasgow Office Current Account Ledgers
  • GBC/3: Indexes to Current Account Ledgers
  • GBC/4: Miscellaneous Accounting Records
  • GBC/5: Banknotes and Forgeries
  • GBC/6: Miscellaneous Records
  • GBC/7: Bills of Exchange

Access Information

Access is by appointment only, and at the discretion of the Archivist. Closure periods apply to some records less than 100 years old. Please e-mail for further information.

Other Finding Aids

Item level catalogue available - please email for further details.

Please note that this catalogue replaces and expands upon the NRAS survey of Glasgow Bank Company records undertaken in the 1970s (NRAS1110).

Conditions Governing Use

Copying of material is permitted at the discretion of Lloyds Banking Group Archives.


No further accruals expected.

Related Material

Records relating to the merger of Glasgow Bank Company with the Ship Bank may be found in the collections of the Ship Bank (GB1830 SHI) and the Glasgow and Ship Bank (GB1830 GAS).


  • Charles A. Munn, The Scottish Provincial Banking Companies 1747-1864 (Edinburgh, 1981)
  • Robert Rait, The History of the Union Bank of Scotland (Glasgow, 1930)


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