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Banknotes of the Irish Private Banks
Boyle's Bank, Dublin
ca1832-1946

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Boyle's Bank - 1 Series, 1 Partnership



A successful late entrant to note-issuing private banking


Boyle’s bank was founded sometime in 1832, as it is listed in Watson’s Almanack 1833 for the first time. It was one of a number of new private banking partnerships which were formed after the advent of joint stock banking in Ireland in 1824.

Only a single banknote issued by the bank has been seen, and prior to this note becoming available it was believed that the bank had never issued any notes. Little is known about this bank's note issue, and it is likely that the issue was short-lived.

The partnership regarded itself as stockbrokers and bankers’ agents rather than as a bank, according to one of its partners, James Pim in 1838.

Boyles were agents in Dublin for the Northern Bank, and English agents for the Provincial Bank of Ireland whereby they exchanged English Pounds for Irish Pounds for that bank. They also did a lot of business in Bank of England post bills, and their own brief note issue was denominated in Pounds Sterling.

They acted as paying agents for the Ulster Banking Company in Dublin for a brief period in 1836.

In 1840 the firm moved to new premises in 35 College Green, Dublin. Boyle's was described then as public notaries, stockbrokers and insurance agents, having moved away from banking.

Alexander Boyle continued as lead partner until 1869, the last reference to him being in the 1870 edition of Thom’s Directory of Ireland. The company continued in business as Boyle, Low, Murray & Co. until 1946.



Boyle's Bank Note issues


The only information known about the note issues of Boyle's Bank comes from the single recorded example of its banknotes.


One Series of notes seen

There is one Series of banknotes known by design, and one Type by partnership.
Series 1. 1833. Denominations recorded: £1.

One Type by partnership.
Type A. ca1833. Alexander Boyle, Francis Low, James Pim, Leonard Bickerstaff and Jonathan Greenwood Pim.


Series 1. Type A

One Pound Alexander Boyle 15th March 1833
One Pound, Alexander Boyle, 15th March 1833






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