The Museum houses a collection of early home
safes, coins and bank notes from many parts of the world, including
the first three lock box used in the Ruthwell Parish Bank.
As well as bank memorabilia and records, the collection
traces the life of the Rev Henry Duncan, the 'Father' of Savings
Banks, demonstrating his many interests and accomplishments. A quarter-size
model of the Ruthwell Cross, which he carved from beeswax, is prominently
Every item in the museum has been donated, either
by members of the Duncan family or by visitors to the museum. The
collection is constantly growing and is limited only by space restraints.
In addition to books on the history of savings banks
in many countries, on savings bank law and on social and economic
history, the museum holds records and ledgers of the Ruthwell Parish
Bank and other early savings banks. There is extensive
on the Act for the Protection of Savings Banks in Scotland (1819)
as well as letters on some of the many topics which fascinated
- Kirk/Patronage/Poor laws
- Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
- The Peace Society
- Slavery emancipation
- A university for Dumfries
- Social & economic history
- Duncan family correspondence
PLEASE NOTE: Most of the original archive material is currently held by Lloyds Banking Group Archives & Museums in Edinburgh, though some transcriptions are available on site.