RBS Heritage Hub

Heritage Hub is the central point for information and resources relating to the history of the RBS family of banks. It includes information about companies, people and places connected with our history; our banknotes; and how to use our archives for research. 

Explore our history

Introduction to our history
Find out about our banks through the centuries

Our history in 100 objects
Learn about our history through 100 objects in our archive collections

Our present day brands

Each of our brands has its own unique history.

Royal Bank of Scotland was founded in Edinburgh in 1727 and went on to become one of the biggest banks in Scotland.

NatWest, or National Westminster Bank, was launched in 1970, but traces its origins to more than 200 smaller banks founded in communities all over England and Wales.

Ulster Bank was established in Belfast in 1836 and subsequently expanded throughout Ireland.

Isle of Man Bank was the first company to be formed under the Isle of Man's Companies Act of 1865 and has remained an important part of life on the island ever since.

Coutts is a London-based private bank, established in 1692.

Child & Co is the oldest name still trading in British banking, dating back to the 1640s. 

Drummonds traces its origins to a business founded by a London goldsmith in about 1712.

Holt's started as an army pay agency in about 1809, and later developed into a bank by introducing banking services for army officers.

Lombard started as a railway wagon leasing company in Rotherham in 1861.