UK first plastic bank note to feature Houston born Sir William Arrol UK first plastic bank note to feature Houston born Sir William Arrol
Houston born  civil engineer Sir William Arrol will appear on the front of Britain’s first plastic banknotes. Sir William, who was born in Houston in 1885... UK first plastic bank note to feature Houston born Sir William Arrol

Houston born  civil engineer Sir William Arrol will appear on the front of Britain’s first plastic banknotes.

Sir William, who was born in Houston in 1885 will be on a new, smaller fiver produced by the Clydesdale Bank.

New £5 plastic bank note

The new banknotes will feature Arrol’s most memorable creation, the famous cantilever Forth Rail Bridge, to commemorate the structure’s inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Sir William who began life humbly in rural Renfrewshire was the gifted son of a spinner.

At the age of nine, he started work in a cotton mill but, by 1863, the work for which he is world famous started when he joined a company of bridge manufacturers in Glasgow.

By 1872, he had his own business, the Dalmarnock Iron Works, in the east end of the city.

During his illustrious career he was responsible for three of the world’s most iconic bridges – the Forth Rail Bridge, the Tay Rail Bridge and London’s iconic Tower Bridge.