Scotland, our bearded and gingerish brethren, have just decided to put poet and novelist Nan Shepherd on the next Bank of Scotland £5 note.

Shepherd will bring the number of women who appear on bank notes across the world to a grand total of 47. The note is said to be being released into circulation at the end of 2016.

The poet is famous for her non-fiction work, “The Living Mountain”, which is about the Cairngorms, as well as her career, during which she was a teacher of teachers.

Another famous lady, scientist Mary Somerville, will feature on the £10 note, which will be available in 2017.

Mary was the first female member of the Royal Astronomical Society.


It would appear Scotland is outdoing the rest of the UK, as the Bank of England announced that (male) artist JMW Turner would be appearing on the £20 note. But not until 2020, the same year that Elizabeth Fry, a renowned prison reformer, will replace Sir Winston Churchill on the British £5.