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1 Pound Sterling 1969, Kingdom of Great Britain

in Banknotes Book Number: SC814a
Years of issue: 19.03.1969
Signatures: General Managers: Mr. A. P. Robertson and Mr. J. B. Burke
Serie: Scotland
Specimen of: 19.03.1969
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 134 x 66
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Company Limited, New Malden

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1 Pound Sterling 1969




David Dale (6 January 1739 - 17 March 1806) was a Scottish merchant and businessman, known for establishing the influential weaving community of New Lanark, in South Lanarkshire, Scotland and is credited along with his son in law Robert Owen of being a founder of utopian socialism and a founding father of socialism. Besides the spinning of cotton-yarn at New Lanark, Mr. Dale was largely concerned in the manufacture of cotton cloth in Glasgow. [Under the firm of Dale, Campbell, Reid, and Dale, viz., Mr. Dale himself, Mr. Campbell, his brother-in-law, Mr. Andrew Reid, and Mr. David Dale, jun., his nephew.] In connection with Mr. George M’Intosh, and Monsieur Papillon, a Frenchman; he established, in 1783, the first works in Scotland for the dyeing of cotton turkey-red. He was a partner in an inkle-factory; also in the Blantyre cotton-mills, and at a later period of his life held a large share in the Stanley cotton-mills.

David DaleThe engraving for watermark is made after this effigy of David Dale.

Title: David Dale, 1739-1806. Manufacturer and philanthropist.

Accession number: PG 2219

Artist: James Tassie Scottish (1735-1799)

Depicted: David Dale

Gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery (On Display).

Object type: Sculpture

Subject: Industry

Materials: Paste

Date created: Dated 1791.

Measurements: Height: 7.00 cm.

Credit line: Given by the Royal Bank of Scotland 1973.


1 Pound Sterling 1969

On the left side is Forth Road Bridge.

The Forth Road Bridge is a suspension bridge in east central Scotland. The bridge, opened in 1964, spans the Firth of Forth, connecting the capital city Edinburgh, at South Queensferry, to Fife, at North Queensferry. It replaced a centuries-old ferry service to carry vehicular traffic, cyclists, and pedestrians across the Forth; rail crossings are made by the adjacent and historic Forth Bridge.

In 1964 that was a longest bridge on such northern latitude, the biggest suspension bridge in world (except USA) and fourth longest bridge in Europe.

Forth Railway bridge

On the background is Forth Railway bridge.

The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, to the east of the Forth Road Bridge, and 9 miles (14 kilometres) west of central Edinburgh. It was opened on 4 March 1890 and spans a total length of 8,296 feet (2,528.7 m). It is sometimes referred to as the "Forth Rail Bridge" to distinguish it from the road bridge, though this has never been an official title.

The bridge connects Edinburgh, with Fife, leaving the Lothians at Dalmeny and arriving in Fife at North Queensferry, connecting the north-east and south-east of the country. The bridge was begun in 1883 and took 7 years to complete with the loss of 98 men. Until 1917, when the Quebec Bridge was completed, the Forth Bridge had the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world, and it still has the world's second-longest single span.

Denominations in numerals showed three times, in words is in top left corner.


1 Pound Sterling 1969

The Emblem of the bank The Royal Bank of Scotland.

Now one of the most well-known financial brands in the world, the Royal Bank of Scotland was founded in Edinburgh in 1727, thirty-two years after its rival, the Bank of Scotland. The Bank of Scotland, as it happens, was founded by an Englishman, John Holland - just as the Bank of England was founded by a Scot, Sir William Paterson.

The Scottish Parliament had declared in 1689 that King James VII had, by his absence, forfeited the throne, and handed the Crown to his Dutch rival William of Orange, who had already seized the throne in England. The House of Hanover succeeded to the throne of the new United Kingdom which had been created in 1707, but the Bank of Scotland was suspected of harbouring Jacobite sympathies. The London government was keen to help out Scottish merchants loyal to the Hanoverians and so, in 1727, King George granted a royal charter to the new Royal Bank of Scotland.

Surprisingly for an institution founded in 1727, the Royal Bank of Scotland did not acquire its own coat of arms until 1960. The arms granted by Lord Lyon were quickly displayed throughout the bank on stationery, uniforms, and currency, as well as the many branches and offices of the RBS. Less than a decade later, however, research showed that consumers had a difficult time differentiating the Royal Bank’s coat of arms from those of the Bank of Scotland, the Clydesdale Bank, and other banks on the High Streets of Scottish towns.

Denominations in numerals showed three times, in words is in top left corner.


Although, Scotland is not an independent state, and is part of the UK. Three Scottish banks have the right to issue their own banknotes. Officially, these notes are not called "Scottish pounds" and their denomination designated in pound sterling. In the strict sense of the term "Legal Tender" banknotes of Scottish banks are not even legal tender in Scotland, but can be taken throughout the United Kingdom.