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The History of Clydesdale Bank

Changing for the better since 1838

Clydesdale Bank opened for business at a time of economic crisis, due to widespread industrial and social change.

Our founders were amongst those who helped raise Glasgow to its status as the second city of the Empire. They recognised that if money was to be a force for good in these changing times, a different approach to banking was needed.

They helped to make positive changes in the communities they served. From doing small things differently, to investing in big projects, we’re proud of what our bank has helped people to achieve.

Take a look at our timeline to see how this way of thinking has made a difference throughout our history.

Our Story