Scotland is the northern part of Great Britain, and was a separate kingdom until 1707 when Scotland was united with England (with Wales and Ireland) to form the United Kingdom.
The Scots have three private banks that issue their own colourful notes, these are The Bank of Scotland, The Royal Bank of Scotland and The Clydesdale Bank. In earlier days the number of issuing banks was much larger, but it has been reduced over the years due to mergers. The Bank of England is trying to make the Scottish banks stop their note issuing. While The Bank of England has the 50 pound note as its largest, Scottish banks also issue 100 pund notes.
Collectors should be aware that some recent issues seem to focus on creating collectors items rather than being issued for circulation. Among others some golf pros are depicted on some recent Scottish notes.
Some current issues:
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