Commemorative Bank Note for 250th Anniversary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club (Front)          The front of the normal Royal Bank of Scotland £5 note incorporates the crest of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in gold and the serial numbers are all prefixed with "R&A", the abbreviation known to golfers the world over. Of course, the Royal Bank is even older than the R&A (it was founded by Royal Charter in 1727). But it is just possible that Lord Ilay, the bank's first Governor (that's his…

Commemorative Bank Note for 250th Anniversary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club (Front) The front of the normal Royal Bank of Scotland £5 note incorporates the crest of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in gold and the serial numbers are all prefixed with "R&A", the abbreviation known to golfers the world over. Of course, the Royal Bank is even older than the R&A (it was founded by Royal Charter in 1727). But it is just possible that Lord Ilay, the bank's first Governor (that's his…

All the Royal Bank notes incorporate a portrait of Lord Ilay, the first Governor of the bank together with the bank's logo and coat of arms. The semi-circle of "stars" is a representation of the magnificent ceiling in the bank's head office in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. The special elements denoting the commemorative theme include (in the bottom left hand corner) a St Andrew's flag set below a silhouette of the Church of Scotland Assembly Hall, the temporary home of the Parliament. The…

All the Royal Bank notes incorporate a portrait of Lord Ilay, the first Governor of the bank together with the bank's logo and coat of arms. The semi-circle of "stars" is a representation of the magnificent ceiling in the bank's head office in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. The special elements denoting the commemorative theme include (in the bottom left hand corner) a St Andrew's flag set below a silhouette of the Church of Scotland Assembly Hall, the temporary home of the Parliament. The…

Clydesdale Bank Ten Pound Note illustrating Mary Slessor (Front and Reverse)  Not strictly a "commemorative" note in that it replaced the previous Clydesdale Bank ten pound note but it was the first time that a woman had appeared on the front of a Scottish bank note. Mary Slessor was born in Aberdeen in 1848. In 1876 she arrived in Nigeria as a missionary in unvisited parts of the country. She adopted many abandoned children, becoming known as "Ma". She died in Calabar in 1915. The front of…

Clydesdale Bank Ten Pound Note illustrating Mary Slessor (Front and Reverse) Not strictly a "commemorative" note in that it replaced the previous Clydesdale Bank ten pound note but it was the first time that a woman had appeared on the front of a Scottish bank note. Mary Slessor was born in Aberdeen in 1848. In 1876 she arrived in Nigeria as a missionary in unvisited parts of the country. She adopted many abandoned children, becoming known as "Ma". She died in Calabar in 1915. The front of…

Today's photo from resident photographer, Jacky Cooper, is of sheep standing outside a phone box at remote Sanna Bay out on the Ardnamurchan peninsular. It just looks like they are waiting to use the phone!  The wild and remote Ardnamurchan peninsular is just one of the fantastic places you can add to your schedule when visiting your plot of land at Glencoe Wood, Keil Hill. There really is so much to see round here! — with David Laing and Marc Dyer.

Today's photo from resident photographer, Jacky Cooper, is of sheep standing outside a phone box at remote Sanna Bay out on the Ardnamurchan peninsular. It just looks like they are waiting to use the phone! The wild and remote Ardnamurchan peninsular is just one of the fantastic places you can add to your schedule when visiting your plot of land at Glencoe Wood, Keil Hill. There really is so much to see round here! — with David Laing and Marc Dyer.

Royal Bank of Scotland One Pound Note (Front)

Royal Bank of Scotland One Pound Note (Front)

The Picti or ‘painted ones’ was probably a Roman nickname for the emerging Caledonian tribe of northern Scotland, although their lands would eventually include much of Scotland.

The Picti or ‘painted ones’ was probably a Roman nickname for the emerging Caledonian tribe of northern Scotland, although their lands would eventually include much of Scotland.

Highland Gatherings

Highland Gatherings

Keldur, Iceland    Storage sheds (Stóra, litla skemma, hjallur) and smithy (smiðja) stand in a row attached to the old "skáli".

Keldur, Iceland Storage sheds (Stóra, litla skemma, hjallur) and smithy (smiðja) stand in a row attached to the old "skáli".

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