Records of Western Bank of Scotland, bankers, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Co-partnery records 1831-1857
  • Plans and sketches of branch offices 1849-1858
  • Papers concerning the liquidation of the bank 1858-1863
  • Liquidators' accounts and reports 1862-1863

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Western Bank of Scotland was established in  1832  with an initial paid up capital of £210,000.  Between 1832 and 1857  it opened 101 branches and sub-branches throughout Scotland. It acquired the following businesses:  Greenock Banking Co in  1843  ,  Dundee Union Bank in  1844  , and  Paisley Commercial Bank and the  Ayrshire Banking Co in  1845  . It collapsed in  1857  as the result of a combination of trade recession and bad management. Many of its branches were then taken over by other banks.


This material is arranged into four series as described in the scope and content note

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Gift : c1963

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom.

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)1808)

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Large rolled documents can only be accessed on plan bench, and need preservation assessment prior to production.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist

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

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures

Custodial History

This material was deposited by a chartered accountancy firm, of which one of the partners had been involved in the liquidation of Western Bank of Scotland Records with Economic History Department, Glasgow University, c1963. Management of the collection transferred to Glasgow University Archives in 1975.


None expected

Related Material

GB 248 UGD 085 Records of  Dundee Union Bank

Material held in other repositories:

GB 1502 WB Correspondence and branch records 1834-1858 (The Royal Bank of Scotland Archive Section)

GB 233 Adv.MSS 21.1.13-14 Letters, accounts and presscuttings 1850-1860 (National Library of Scotland, Department of Manuscripts)

GB 1830 19/1/1-3 Bills received, negotiations etc 1857-1858 (Archives Department, Bank of Scotland)

GB 800001 NRA(S)0139 Letters, accounts and presscuttings 1850-1860 (Private, enquiries to the National Register of Archives in Scotland)

GB 800001 NRA(S)2408 Passbook, correspondence and papers 1830-1870 (Private, enquiries to the National Register of Archives in Scotland)

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Additional Information

This material is original

Compiled by Jenny Cooknell , Assistant Archivist, 21 August 1999

Updated by Lesley Richmond , Acting Director, 3 March 2000

Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 28 February 2002


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