Bank Notes ...
"Does anyone remember Peter Victory
who ran a taxi firm in the 1950s? He drove
a big Rolls Royce, probably from the 1920's, but he also had Austin
black cabs of the type current at that time.
When I started work at the National Bank
of Scotland, opposite Nicolson Square,
in 1957 one of my daily jobs was to take a leather bag full of notes
down to Head Office in St. Andrew Square
When Peter Victory arrived,
I would get into the Rolls with the leather bag and another member
of staff who accompanied me as far as the National Bank branch in
The junior from that branch would get in
with his bag, while my colleague walked back to Nicolson Square, and
then we would set off to the branch at the top of Cockburn Street
where their junior would join us with his bag for the journey to
Head Office in St Andrew Square. (This
was done at the same time each morning!)
Having paid in our cash,
we would then make our own way back to our branches except on
Wednesdays which was the day our branch received its coin order from
... and Coins
after paying in,
we would load up bags and bags of coin and be driven back to our
branches where we had to lug the coin bags over the pavement and
into the branch.
Not a problem when Peter had the Rolls
but if one of his other drivers was on the job with his Austin black
cab it would lean over with the weight and the mudguards would grate
on the tyres as we turned right from Princes Street onto the
No question of Securicor then,
and we never felt at all vulnerable!"