Author: John M. Erskine
Publisher: London Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd 1941
First edition, presentation copy in full leather binding, inscribed “Sir Steven Bilsland Bart from J.M. Erskine 17 July 1942.” Presumably one of a small number of copies specially bound for presentation. Illustrated with portraits and photographs of branches of the Bank.
8vo., specially bound in full red crushed morocco, boards with single gilt line panel, upper board lettered in gilt with gilt block of the Bank’s crest, with contrasting green spine label, all edges gilt.
Sir Steven Bilsland, Bt was a Scottish businessman and public servant. He was head of Bilsland Brothers Ltd, bakers, of Glasgow, founded by his uncle James Bilsland. He was also chairman of the Scottish National Trust Ltd.
The Commercial Bank of Scotland Ltd. was a Scottish commercial bank. It was founded in Edinburgh in 1810, and obtained a royal charter in 1831. It grew substantially through the 19th and early 20th centuries, until 1958, when it merged with the National Bank of Scotland to become the National Commercial Bank of Scotland. Ten years later the National Commercial Bank merged with the Royal Bank of Scotland.