Collection of Scottish Banking

Scope and Content

Includes records from the following banks: Banking Company of Aberdeen, Bank of Scotland, Barclays Bank, British Linen Bank, Caledonian Bank, City of Glasgow Bank, Central Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank, Commercial Bank of Scotland, Douglas Heron & Co (Ayr Bank), Dundee New Bank, Dundee Savings Bank, Dundee Union Bank, Glasgow Banking Company, Glasgow Union Bank, Kirkcaldy & District Bank, National Bank of Scotland, North of Scotland Bank, North of Scotland Town & Country Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Ship Bank, Thistle Bank, Union Bank of Scotland, Western Bank of Scotland, Williams Deacon's Bank.

  • Administrative records 1696-1973
  • Financial records 1850s-1973
  • Plans 1845-1858
  • Staff records 1899-1906
  • Photographs 1970s

Administrative / Biographical History

Sydney George Checkland  was born in  1916  in Ottawa, Canada. He was educated at the Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Ottowa and Birmingham University. During the Second World War he served in the British and Canadian Forces. After the end of the war he lectured at Liverpool and Cambridge Universities, England and was Lecturer in History at Trinity College before becoming Professor of Economic History at Glasgow University in  1957  . In the early  1970s  he wrote Scottish Banking: A History 1695-1973 and it was as a result of this work that the bulk of the material in this collection was assembled. He retired in 1982  and died in 1986  .


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received.

Access Information

No access without the written permission of the bank concerned (or its successor). Apply in the first instance to Glasgow University Archive Services.

Acquisition Information

Unknown (GB 248 UGD 132 : GB 248 UGD 139)

Sydney Checkland : Professor of Economic History, Glasgow University (GB 248 UGD 129)

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom.

Manual file level list available at the National Register of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S) 3089 - GB 248 UGD 129; NRA(S)2477 - GB 248 UGD 132; NRA(S)2484 - GB 248 UGD 139) and London (GB 248 UGD 25595 - GB 248 UGD 132)

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. A draft of any text proposed for publication, which cites or uses information from the Scottish Banking Collection in any way must be submitted first for approval. Each bank reserves the right to request the deletion of any information derived from its archives prior to publication. Submission of a thesis to a university or other establishment of higher education or presentation of a conference paper is regarded as publication.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures.

GB 248 UGD 094 : Banking Collection (1795-1927); deposited by the Bank of Scotland in 1988 (ACCN099) was deaccessioned to the Lloyds Banking Group on December 3rd, 2012.

Custodial History

Unknown (GB 248 UGD 132 : GB 248 UGD 139)

Received directly from creator (GB 248 UGD 129)


Accruals possible

Related Material

GB 248 UGD 037 Records of  Campbell & Lamond

GB 248 DC 112 Records of Lumsden of Arden

See  source list on Banking and Finance


Checkland, Sydney,Scottish Banking. A History 1695-1973 (Glasgow & London, 1975)

Additional Information

Mainly photocopies. Originals held by Bank of Scotland, Barclays Bank, Clydesdale Bank and The Royal Bank of Scotland.

Geographical Names