Committee of Scottish Bankers

Banknote Design Features : Bank of Scotland Bridges Series

Bank of Scotland launched the Bridges series of banknotes on 17th September 2007.  The range of Scottish bridges portrayed on this series of notes represents the pioneering enterprise and heritage of Scotland.

While the colour and size of the new notes are consistent with previous designs, the text is in a modern style and the large raised denomination numerals act as an aid for the partially sighted.

         Bank of Scotland Head Office, The Mound, Edinburgh              Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott is featured on the front of the new notes alongside an image of Bank of Scotland’s Head Office on The Mound, Edinburgh.                                                                     

The £5 Note - Brig o' DoonBrig o' Doon
Originally built in the 14th century, the Brig o’Doon spans the Doon River near Alloway in South Ayrshire.  A single-arch stone bridge, it was made famous by Robert Burns (1759-96) in his epic poem Tam O’ Shanter.  More recently, the bridge gave its name to Learner and Loewe’s Broadway musical Brigadoon, made into a successful film in 1954.


Glenfinnan ViaductThe £10 Note - Glenfinnan Viaduct
On the West Highland Railway line between Fort William and Mallaig, the Glenfinnan Viaduct was designed by W.S. Wilson and built by Sir Robert McAlpine. A quarter of a mile long, it stands over 100 feet at its highest point. Built between 1897 and 1901, it was one of the largest concrete engineering projects ever undertaken.


The £20 Note - Forth BridgeForth Bridge
One of the most famous and instantly recognisable bridges in the world, the Forth Bridge was built to carry the North British Railway line 2.5 kilometres across the Firth of Forth, from South to North Queensferry. The bridge was designed by Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker, and constructed between 1883 and 1890.  Today, the bridge is still rightly considered a marvel of engineering.  The three iconic cantilever towers, each 104 metres high, carry the tracks some 45 metres above the high tide of the Forth.


Falkirk WheelThe £50 Note - The Falkirk Wheel
The Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat-lift, is a unique engineering and architectural wonder.  The centrepiece of the multi-million pound Millennium Link Project, the Wheel reconnects the Forth & Clyde Canal with the Union Canal – thus restoring waterway navigation between Glasgow and Edinburgh.  The huge wheel, 35 metres across, is made up of two diametrically opposed arms.  At the end of each is a giant, water-tight caisson with a capacity of 80,000 gallons. Despite the fact that it can lift over 600 tonnes, relatively little energy is required to rotate the wheel. As each side is perfectly counterbalanced, when one caisson full of water and boats is lifted, the other is simultaneously lowered.


The £100 Note - Kessock BridgeKessock Bridge
A cable-stayed road bridge spanning the Moray and Beauly Firths, the Kessock Bridge connects Inverness to the Black Isle.  Constructed between 1976 and 1982, the bridge’s four towers support 64 spiral strand steel cables, elevating the roadway high above the water.  Modelled on a bridge spanning the Rhine near Düsseldorf, the Kessock Bridge has been designed to withstand the punishment of high seas, strong winds, and, as the bridge straddles the Great Glen fault, even earthquakes.

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