Thomas Knox Hannyngton & Co. Dungannon & Dublin 1804-1816

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Thomas Knox Hannyngton operated as a banker in the early 1800’s with offices in Dungannon (County Tyrone) and Dublin (No.5 Granby Row). He appears to have had a colourful banking career going through bankruptcy in 1806 and again in 1816. The 2nd bankruptcy proceedings lasted for many years with notices in newspapers up to 1835. However, despite his financial difficulties, Hannyngton did manage to hold on to the family seat, Dungannon Castle.

Notes issued from both branches, Dungannon & Dublin, have been seen. Post Bills are also known. Here is a 1 Guinea note issued in Dungannon in 1807.
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Here is a £1 note issued by the Dublin office of Thomas Knox Hannyngton on 1st May 1815.
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Very interesting to see an example of Dublin-issued note from a country bank.
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I found two more examples of notes issued in Dungannon.

One is a 30 Shilling note dated 1 May 1806, and the other is a note for One Guinea and a Half, dated 1 March 1808.

The One Guinea and a Half banknote is a different design, with the omission of a reference to being payable in Sterling, seen on the earlier notes of Dungannon and on the later-dated Dublin note.

The Dublin note was printed prior to 1810, and is of the earlier design.
Perhaps this indicates that few notes were issued in Dublin relative to the number issued in Dungannon.
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Here is a 30 Shillings note issued in Dublin in 1814 and signed by Thomas Knox Hannyngton. The note is only payable at the Dublin branch and was printed prior to 1810 as evidenced by the printed 180 for the year of issue.
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Here is a Dublin-issued £3 post bill with a considerably altered design.
The logo has been moved to the left, and Hibernia is facing right and now under a tree.

I would put this as the latest design type.
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Yes, this post bill is of a different design and does appear to be the last design type. It raises the question as to whether this design was implemented for all denominations or just used for higher denominations. It could also be a specific design used only for post bills. We would need to see examples of more notes to answer these questions.

Here is a later example of a Hannyngton £3 post bill from 1815. It is interesting to see that the serial number is lower than for the example from 1813. This suggests that the serial numbers were reset once a certain figure was reached e.g. 2,000.
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He may have reset the serial numbers to 1 for each new date of issue.
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I can't post an image here (it's in the Ulster Museum) but there is a Hannyngton post bill for the unusual amount of £3 15s. A pre-printed denomination issued in Dungannon and payable in Dublin. He can't have issued many of them, it had the serial number 30 and was dated 1815, so Irish not British pounds.
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That is a most unusual denomination and very difficult to explain why it was needed !
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£3 15s Irish is an odd amount. It doesn't correspond to any logical amount in British currency of the day.

I am overdue a trip to the Ulster Museum — some interesting notes in there!
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