Basic Site Details

Name: Commercial Bank of Scotland
Town, district or village: Hawick
City or county: Roxburghshire
Country: Scotland
Status: B Listed
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Notes: Cost: 2,573 19s 6d. Builder John Harkness.

Previously misattributed to John Dick Peddie.

Later used by Royal Bank of Scotland - see separate entries for other buildings in High Street, Hawick that were Royal Bank premises before and after this.

Now used as a bistro.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 4Clinty's BistroYes 
Item 2 of 4Royal Bank of Scotland Later name, after Commercial Bank
Item 3 of 4Tower KnoweYesBistro - current name (also name of square where the building is located)
Item 4 of 4TowerknoweYesBistro - current name (also name of square where the building is located)

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Bank  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 24, Tower KnoweYesSmall square at end of High Street
Item 2 of 24, TowerknoweYesAlternative spelling


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41852 Construction 
Item 2 of 41857  Unspecified work
Item 3 of 41865  Recommendations on security
Item 4 of 4c. 1930  Interiors


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 4Alexander Pirnie  1852 Acted as stone mason ('B of S' wrongly attributes design of building to Pirnie)
Item 2 of 4David Rhind B1857 Unspecified work
Item 3 of 4David Rhind C1865 Further recommendations on security
Item 4 of 4Scott Morton & Co (later Scott Morton & Tynecastle Co Ltd; finally Scott Morton Ltd)  c. 1930 Interiors


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Commercial Bank of Scotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Cruft, Kitty, Dunbar, John and Fawcett, Richard2006Borders (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Presspp 75 & 360
Item 2 of 5Historic Scotland Lists     
Item 3 of 5Scott, Douglas A Hawick Word Book   
Item 4 of 5Scott, R E1998Companion to Hawick and District3rd Edition p18
Item 5 of 5Strang, Charles Alexander1994Borders and Berwick: An Illustrated Architectural Guide  p139 - misattributes building to John Dick Peddie.

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register34625 
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from Douglas Scott via website
Item 3 of 3Royal Bank of Scotland Group ArchivesCommercial Bank Board Minutes 26 March and 27 August 1857 and 6 April 1865 (David Rhind)