Belfast Bank, John Ewing & Co., 1787-1796

Banknotes issued by Irish Private Banks ca1700–ca1833
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Belfast Bank, John Ewing & Co., 1787-1796

Post by DOC » 18 May 2019 10:38

The first Bank with the name ‘Belfast Bank’ was founded in 1787 by John Ewing. The three other partners were John Holmes, John Brown and John Hamilton so the bank became known as the ‘Bank of the Four Johns’. Charles Ranken joined the partnership in 1794. A 1 guinea note issued in 1794 survives. Irish private bank notes pre-1800 are rare and the example shown is beautifully preserved given its age.
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Re: Belfast Bank, John Ewing & Co., 1787-1796

Post by Mac » 19 May 2019 12:21

A very nice example!
Did this Belfast Bank continue in some form to become the joint stock Belfast Banking Company?

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Re: Belfast Bank, John Ewing & Co., 1787-1796

Post by DOC » 19 May 2019 20:51

Curiously, there is no obvious link between this bank and the joint stock Belfast Banking Company but there is a link with the joint stock Northern Banking Company !

The key figure here is John Hamilton who was subsequently one of the partners in the private bank of Hugh Montgomery who founded a bank called 'The Northern Bank' in 1809 which eventually became the joint stock Northern Banking Company in 1824.

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