In the British Isles small denomination banknotes are quite unusual, a likely result of denominations of less than 20/- having been banned by Act of Parliament in 1775. The next 40 years did see a few provincial issues by banks and businesses with denominations ranging from 2d to 15/-. Based on Roger Outing’s catalogue (England and Wales, not counting skit notes) there are just 26 notes issued for 5/- or less and the number increases to 51 when notes for less than 20/- are added. This article was prompted by the acquisition of a One Shilling note issued by J. Wilkinson of St Clement St. in Ipswich in 1797 and brings together what I have found that has already been published. The conclusion is that the name John Wilkinson is a very challenging name to research and his address was in one of the poorest areas of the town.
Contemporary records for any research are often difficult to trace and harder to place in context. The legal documents discussed in this brief article specifically identify known persons, places and issues of the Ballindalloch Cotton Works in more detail than previously understood. They corroborate the issues of checks to the value of 5/ and 7/ and give more insight into the reasons for their short period of issue.
The writer would appreciate details of any known Ballindalloch Works checks not listed in Table 1 of the article.
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