On 26 October 1865 our bank officially came into being. We were set up by islanders to meet a local need for reliable banking services and our foundation created the Isle of Man’s very first limited liability company. Today we are the Isle of Man’s oldest native bank.
Find out about the birth of our bank and the men who had the vision to establish it.
When the war ended in 1918 the bank had lost three of its staff.
All were 'boys of exceptional promise' who back in Douglas had
worked side by side in the bank's bill room.
The centenary of the First World War is currently being commemo-
rated across the nation. Its outbreak, in 1914, transformed many
aspects of life on the Island, including banking.