A brief look at letters to and from Scottish Banks
Commercial Bank of Scotland

In an announcement of 12th October 1810 it was stated that

"the Establishment is meant to combine the most complete security to the public in their Banking operations with the advancement of the Trading, Manufacturing, and Agricultural interests of this part of the United Kingdom.  The business will be commenced in Edinburgh, but, as it is intended to be more a national than local Establishment, branches or agencies will be gradually established in the principal districts."

Premises in Picardy Place, at the north east corner of Leith Walk, were purchased for £6,000 and the Commercial Bank of Scotland commenced business on 3rd December 1810 with capital of £3,000,000 divided into 6,000 shares of £500 each.

The Chief Promoters and the first Directors of the Bank were as follows.

John Pitcairn of Pitcairns, Merchant, Edinburgh,
Henry Boog, Dundas Street, Edinburgh,
Henry Cockburn, Advocate,
Archibald Campbell, Brewer, Edinburgh,
Thomas Burns, W.S.,
Forrest Alexander of Oakfield, Merchant, Edinburgh,
John Anderson of Gladswood,
David George Sandeman of Springfield, Merchant, Edinburgh,
Robert Scott, Druggist, Edinburgh,
Matthew Montgomerie, Writer, Edinburgh,
Alexander Pitcairn, Merchant, Edinburgh,
James Wyld of Gilston, Merchant, Leith,
Alexander Liston Ramage, W.S.,
Walter Brown, Merchant, Edinburgh, afterwards Lord Provost,
James Erskine of Cambus and Tillicoultry, Advocate, and
John Pollok, W.S. Manager.

The first Chief Officials were:-

John Pollok, W.S., Manager,
Edward Robertson, Secretary (previously employed by Bank of Scotland),
John MacGregor, Cashier (previously employed by British Linen Company Bank),
Robert Paul, Accountant (previously employed by Messrs. Ramsays, Bonar & Co.).

The first London Agents of the Bank were Messrs. Bruce, Simson & Co.


The following officials have been identified from letters in the collection.  Where possible notes have been added.

Robert Paul. Per letter of 14th November 1826 to Messrs. Perkins & Heath.  Appointed Accountant in 1810; Secretary, 31st July 1823; Manager, December 1835; Retired December 1853; Director 1853; Died, 16th July 1866.

James Sinclair Cunningham. Per letter dated 22nd June 1844 to Messrs. Perkins, Bacon & Petch.  Head Office, 29th July 1813; Inspector of Branches, August 1823; General Superintendent of Branches, 28th February 1825; Secretary, 10th December 1835; Manager, December 1853; Died at Meggatland House, Edinburgh, 5th September 1856.

Aberdeen Banking Company (of Aberdeen)
Aberdeen Banking Company (in Aberdeen)
Aberdeen Commercial Banking Company
Aberdeen Town & County Banking Company
Arbroath Banking Company
Ayr Bank (Messrs Douglas, Heron & Co)
Ayrshire Banking Company
Bank of Scotland
British Linen Banking Company
Caithness Banking Company
Caledonian Banking Company
Central Bank of Scotland
City Banking Company of Glasgow
City of Glasgow Bank
Clydesdale Bank
Commercial Bank of Scotland
Cupar Banking Company
Dumfries Bank
Dumfries Commercial Bank
Dundee Banking Company
Dundee Commercial Bank (First)
Dundee Commercial Bank (Second)
Dundee New Bank
Dundee Union Bank
East Lothian Banking Company
Eastern Bank of Scotland
Edinburgh and Glasgow Bank
Edinburgh and Leith Bank
Falkirk Banking Company
Falkirk Union Banking Company
Fife Banking Company
Galloway Banking Company
Glasgow and Ship Bank
Glasgow Arms Bank
Glasgow Bank Company
Glasgow Joint Stock Bank
Glasgow Union Banking Company
Greenock Banking Company
Greenock Union Bank
Hunters & Company
Unglis Borthwick Gilchrist & Company
J Stewart Mackenzie
John Maberly & Company
John McAdam & Co
Kilmarnock Bank
Leith Banking Company
Merchant Banking Company of Glasgow
Montrose Bank
National Bank of Scotland
National Commercial Bank of Scotland
North British Bank
North of Scotland Banking Company
Paisley Banking Company
Paisley Commercial Banking Company
Paisley Union Banking Company
Perth Banking Company
Perth Union Bank
Perth United Company
Ramsays Bonars & Company
Renfrewshire Banking Company
Royal Bank of Scotland
Shetland Bank
Ship Bank
Sir William Forbes, James Hunter & Co.
Southern Bank of Scotland
Stirling Banking Company
Stirling Merchant Banking Company
Thomsons (Andrew, George and Andrew)
Thistle Bank
Union Bank of Scotland
Western Bank of Scotland
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