Glasgow and Ship Bank

Scope and Content

Collection includes:

Minute Book, 1842-1843

[Deposit Account] Ledgers and Index, 1837-1844

Deposit Receipt Books and Index, 1838-1843

[Glasgow Trongate] Branch Records, 1839-1844

Kirkcaldy Branch Records, 1831-1843

Miscellaneous Accounting Records, 1836-1851

Miscellaneous Records, 1817-mid 20th cent.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Glasgow and Ship Bank was formed in 1836 as a result of a merger between the Ship Bank (established 1749) and the Glasgow Bank Company (established 1809). There were initially 28 partners: four from the Ship Bank, and 24 from the Glasgow Bank. One of the latter, Robert Findlay of Easterhill, was appointed manager of the new company. Michael Rowand, Manager of the Ship Bank, retired at the amalgamation.

Initially the bank seems to have operated from two offices in Glasgow. The former premises of the Glasgow Bank on Ingram Street seem to have been designated as the main (head) office; while those of the Ship Bank (on the corner of Trongate and Glassford Street) appear to have been a 'branch office'. In 1842 a new combined office was erected on the site of the famous Virginia Mansion which had been purchased by the Glasgow Bank in 1828. The Kirkcaldy branch of the Glasgow Bank also continued to operate.

The Glasgow and Ship Bank was set up as a private rather than a joint stock bank, with an initial capital of £600,000. There were discussions about converting to joint-stock form in the early days but uncertainty about government plans for legislation prevented decisive action. By the time a firm proposal was issued to the partners in 1843, rumours about the Bank's unfavourable position made a successful launch unlikely: deposits were being lost, a proportion of the funds was locked up unproductively, and one of the tellers had defrauded the bank. Hence when the Union Bank of Scotland offered to acquire the business in 1843, the proposal was readily accepted.

At the date of its amalgamation with the Union Bank of Scotland, the Glasgow and Ship Bank held deposits amounting to £1,550,000, had a circulation of £116,000 and a reserve of £130,000.


The collection is arranged as follows:

  • GAS/1: Minute Book
  • GAS/2: [Deposit Account] Ledgers and Index
  • GAS/3: Deposit Receipt Books and Index
  • GAS/4: [Glasgow Trongate] Branch Records
  • GAS/5: Kirkcaldy Branch Records
  • GAS/6: Miscellaneous Accounting Records
  • GAS/7: Miscellaneous Records

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 and Ship Bank 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 Glasgow and Ship Bank and its formation may be found in the collections of its constituent companies: Glasgow Bank Company (GB1830 GBC) and the Ship Bank (GB1830 SHI).

Records relating to the takeover of the Glasgow and Ship Bank by the Union Bank of Scotland, and subsequent history, may be found in the collection of the Union Bank (GB1830 UBS).


  • Robert Rait, The History of the Union Bank of Scotland (Glasgow, 1930)
  • Richard Moran, Knowing Right from Wrong: The Insanity Defense of Daniel McNaughtan (New York, 1981) - references to Glasgow and Ship Bank records on p.185.


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