Crosbie signs herself into history

First female signature appears on Scottish banknotes

Debbie Crosbie Clydesdale Bank

A Scottish banknote is to feature a woman’s signature for the first time. The £20 Clydesdale Bank note will be signed by chief operating officer Debbie Crosbie, 16 years after English notes were signed by a female.

English notes had their first female signature in 1999 when they were signed by Merlyn Lowther, chief cashier. Current notes from the Bank of England are also signed by a woman, as Victoria Cleland has held the job since last year.

Thirty million Clydesdale £20 notes will feature a new image of Robert the Bruce,  who reigned from 1306 to 1329. On the reverse is a picture of the mill house at New Lanark.

“I’m proud to be the first woman to sign a Scottish banknote and it’s particularly meaningful to be launching it at New Lanark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has been featured on Clydesdale Bank’s £20 banknote since 2009,” said Ms Crosbie, who joined the bank in 1997 and was interim CEO after the departure of David Thorburn.

“Clydesdale Bank has long recognised the important role of women in banking and our commitment to fairness and equality has helped provide strong growth opportunities for talented women right across our business.

“I feel personally honoured to be the first woman to sign a Scottish banknote and hope that it helps serve as recognition of the many ground-breaking achievements of women across banking and the wider Scottish economy.”

The Bank of England agreed to put Jane Austen on the £10 note following a campaign for banknotes to include famous women apart from the Queen.

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