Scottish inventor James Watt and his business partner Matthew Boulton feature on the new £50 note issued today (November 2, 2011) by the Bank of England.

This is the first time that two portraits have appeared together on the reverse of a Bank of England banknote.

“Boulton and Watt’s steam engines and their many other innovations were essential factors in the nation’s industrial revolution,” said Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King.

Read more about the new note on the BBC website.

Read about the note’s launch in Scotland – including a Bank visit to Watt’s old workshop at Kinneil, Bo’ness, here.

Chris Salmon and the new note in front of the James Watt display at Kinneil Museum.
Chris Salmon of the Bank of England with a copy of the new £50 note, in front of the James Watt display at Kinneil Museum, Bo’ness.

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