William Tennant & Co. Belfast Commercial Bank. 1809-1827

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William Tennant & Co. Belfast Commercial Bank. 1809-1827

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The Belfast Commercial Bank was established on the 1st June 1809. The original partners were William Tennent, Robert Callwell, Robert Bradshaw, John Cunningham, John Thompson and John Stewart. The Bank went through a number of partnership changes before merging with the Belfast Bank of Narcissus Batt & Co. (formerly David Gordon & Co.) in 1827 to form The Belfast Banking Company.

Here is a £1 note from the first partnership. An interesting feature is reference to payment at Messrs. Croker, Darling & Co. This agent was based at the time in Townsend Street, Dublin.
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Re: Belfast Commercial Bank, William Tennant & Co. 1809-1827

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Here is an example of an unissued Belfast Commercial Bank 35 shillings note. The partnership listed was in place for the years 1824-1827. However, as the note is in Irish Currency, it was probably printed prior to 1826.
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Re: Belfast Commercial Bank, William Tennant & Co. 1809-1827

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Here is a Belfast Commercial Bank £1 note with partners William Tennant, Robert Callwell, James Luke and John Thompson. This unissued note states the equivalent of £1 British in Irish Currency which implies that the note was printed between 1825 and 1827.
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Re: William Tennant & Co. Belfast Commercial Bank. 1809-1827

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Here is a Belfast Commercial Bank 25 Shillings note with partners William Tennant, Robert Callwell, James Luke and John Thompson. As the denomination is for 25 Shillings British, it implies that the note was printed between 1825 and 1827.
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Here is a Belfast Commercial Bank £20 note with partners William Tennant, Robert Callwell, James Luke and John Thompson. This unissued note states the equivalent of £20 British in Irish Currency (£21. 13s. 4d.) which implies that the note was printed between 1825 and 1827. This is the highest denomination confirmed to date for this bank.
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