Tuam Bank, One Pound, 25 June 1813, no. 1037, for Hon Charles Ffrench, Henry Taaffe, Michael Morris, William Keary, Hon Thomas Ffrench & Hon Martin Ffrench (PB 332c). Bankruptcy stamp on front

Infamous Irish Banknotes: Lord ffrench & Co (Tuam & Dublin)

ffrench’s Bank was probably, the most famous of the provincial private banks in Ireland and due to the frequency that they turn up at auction, they are amongst the most collectible of early Irish banknotes.  The bank was founded in late 1803 by Sir Thomas ffrench and William Keary.  The correct form for the surname is “double f” in lower case, i.e. ffrench. Sir…