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The Royal Bank of Scotland LSE: RBSis one of Scotland's four national clearing banks and one of the oldest in the UK, founded in Edinburgh in 1727 by Royal Charter.

Today it is the largest bank in Scotland, the second largest in the UK and Europe, and the fifth largest in the world by market capitalisation. Its shares have a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange.

The bank's head office is in St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh. It has offices throughout Europe, America and Asia.

History of the Royal Bank of Scotland

  • 1727- founded in Edinburgh by Royal Charter
  • 1783- first branch in Glasgow opens
  • 1874- first London branch opens
  • 1920- acquisition of various small English banks to form Williams Deacons Bank,later combined with Glyn Mills & Co. to form Williams and Glyn's Bank
  • 1972- merger with National Commercial Bank of Scotland
  • 1980- abortive hostile takeover bid by Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation fails
  • 1985- established the Direct Line insurance brand
  • 1985- Williams and Glyn's bank name merged with the Royal Bank of Scotland
  • 1988- acquisition of Citizens Financial Group of Rhode Island
  • 1997- Registrars department acquired by Australian share registry company Computershare
  • 1997- develops internet banking
  • 2000- acquisition of the National Westminster Bank after hostile takeover battle with the Bank of Scotland

Constituents of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group

  • Royal Bank of Scotland- Scottish clearing bank, head office in Edinburgh
  • NatWest - UK clearing bank, head office in London
  • Adam and Company - UK private bank
  • Citizens Financial Group - U.S. bank group based in New England
  • Direct Line - telephone financial services company
  • Ulster Bank - Belfast-based bank with branches throughout Ireland
  • Coutts - UK private bank based in London
  • WorldPay - specialised in Internet Business

Other facts

£100 banknotes of the Royal Bank of Scotland
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland, along with Clydesdale Bank and Bank of Scotland, still prints its own banknotes for Scotland
  • It is the only UK bank that still prints a 1 pound note
  • It was the first bank in the world to offer an overdraft facility
  • In June 1997, The Royal Bank of Scotland became the first high street bank in the UK to introduce an Internet banking service.
  • The bank's annual gross profit exceeds the annual budget of the Scottish Government

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. Not known as Dr O Reilly in 1973 only from when he was awarded his PhD from Bradford University in 1980. It has offices throughout Europe, America and Asia. In 1999, the company name was changed to Independent News and Media plc. The bank's head office is in St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh. The group expanded overseas, acquiring interests in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Its shares have a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange. The company was later floated on the Irish Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange.

Today it is the largest bank in Scotland, the second largest in the UK and Europe, and the fifth largest in the world by market capitalisation. Tony O'Reilly) acquired 100% of the share capital of the company.
The Royal Bank of Scotland LSE: RBSis one of Scotland's four national clearing banks and one of the oldest in the UK, founded in Edinburgh in 1727 by Royal Charter. In 1973 Sir Anthony O'Reilly (then known as Dr. The bank's annual gross profit exceeds the annual budget of the Scottish Government. The company was formed as Independent Newspapers Limited in 1904 by William Martin Murphy, as the publisher of the Irish Independent. In June 1997, The Royal Bank of Scotland became the first high street bank in the UK to introduce an Internet banking service. However this was sold in 2004.

It was the first bank in the world to offer an overdraft facility. Formerly the company held a 50% stake in Chorus Communications, the second largest cable television and MMDS operator in Ireland. It is the only UK bank that still prints a 1 pound note. It also holds stakes in the Unison ISP and the iTouch electronic payments and premium rate telecoms operator. The Royal Bank of Scotland, along with Clydesdale Bank and Bank of Scotland, still prints its own banknotes for Scotland. The company owns a 40.3% stake in APN News and Media Limited, a large newspaper publisher in Australia and New Zealand, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. WorldPay - specialised in Internet Business. The group's titles account for 48% of the total advertising spend in paid newspapers[1], 31% of all newspapers sold in the country, and 58% of the English language market.

Coutts - UK private bank based in London. The group is the largest newspaper publisher in South Africa, owning 14 newspapers including The Star and Pretoria News in Gauteng, the Cape Times, Cape Argus and Weekend Argus in Cape Town, the Mercury, Post, Isolezwe, Daily Tribune, Sunday Tribune and Independent on Saturday in Durban, as well as the national Sunday Independent and 13 community newspapers in Cape Town. Ulster Bank - Belfast-based bank with branches throughout Ireland. In the UK the company publishes The Independent and the Independent on Sunday. The company also owns the Belfast Telegraph group which publishes the Belfast Telegraph, Ireland's Saturday Night, Sunday Life and Ads for Free. Direct Line - telephone financial services company. Some INM titles, especially the Sunday Independent and Irish Independent, are perceived to have a pro-British slant, especially by republicans. bank group based in New England. The chief executive is Anthony O'Reilly, who was recently knighted by the British monarch.

Citizens Financial Group - U.S. The company owns over 165 print titles; these include a number of national newspapers in Ireland: the Evening Herald, Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, Sunday World and the Irish Daily Star. Adam and Company - UK private bank. Independent News & Media plc (INM) is a media organisation based in Dublin, Ireland with interests worldwide. NatWest - UK clearing bank, head office in London. List of Irish companies. Royal Bank of Scotland- Scottish clearing bank, head office in Edinburgh.

2000- acquisition of the National Westminster Bank after hostile takeover battle with the Bank of Scotland. 1997- develops internet banking. 1997- Registrars department acquired by Australian share registry company Computershare. 1988- acquisition of Citizens Financial Group of Rhode Island.

1985- Williams and Glyn's bank name merged with the Royal Bank of Scotland. 1985- established the Direct Line insurance brand. 1980- abortive hostile takeover bid by Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation fails. 1972- merger with National Commercial Bank of Scotland.

1920- acquisition of various small English banks to form Williams Deacons Bank,later combined with Glyn Mills & Co. to form Williams and Glyn's Bank. 1874- first London branch opens. 1783- first branch in Glasgow opens. 1727- founded in Edinburgh by Royal Charter.

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