No - it may be more difficult for retailers to spot a fake - but it
shouldn't really cause any problems.
In the past we used to worry about taking Scottish notes South, but all the
motorway service stations on the main routes seem quite prepared to take
I once bought some fast food in Covent Garden. The retailer baulked at my
Scottish 20, but when she recognised I wasn't going to offer any
alternative means of payment and intended walking away it suddenly became
In the last couple of years I have bought both a caravan and a car in
England and on both occasions I asked the bank for English notes however.
For the caravan I decided it was safer, but for the car the seller
yes scottish notes are legal tender in england. scotland not a foreign
country it s part of the uk. if you go to scotland with englsih notes
they happily accept them. scottish notes are issued by Royal bank of
scotland, clydesdale and bank of scotland.
notes in northern ireland are issued by bank of northern ireland and
are legal tender on the mainland. as long as it says pound sterling
then its legal tender no matter where they are issued within the u.k.
also if you also explain you are legally bound to take it. as spadger
wrote. if they also if they had anti fraud pen to check notes it would
save you embarresment
if you think any notes are suspicous you can get them checked by your
its lack of education and ignorance within retailers to educate their
staff of the legal tenders of the u.k. i live scotland but from
originally from north of england, when i go back home to visit family.
when i go into shops to buy something i have wod of scottish £10's
£20's and give the scottish notes to the cashier look gormless and ask
me if it is legal tender, so i say to them read the £10 note and does
it say pound sterling. then i say to them you've just answered your
it anoys the hell out of me when i am shopping in the north of
england. cause when you are in the que and cashier says "is this legal
or we cant accept that" as it causes embarresment as other shoppers
look at you if you are a dodge geezer.
No note have been legal tender in Scotland since the BoE £1 note was
Reading around on this I found a claim by "someone in a forum" that the
new Citizenship course says that all UK shops must accept them. So they
have not been checking their facts.
People often seem to misinterpret the phrase "Legal Tender" as meaning
that a shop must accept certain banknotes as payment for something.
"Legal Tender" doesn't mean that at all. You can't force a shop to
accept anything in payment if they don't want it. A shop is not under
any obligation to sell anything, and at the end of the day they can
just say they don't want to go through with the sale if they're not
happy with the form of payment being offered.
The retailer can choose not to accept it in payment.
(And, in terms of legal tender, they are not legal tender.)
However, I recall during the Wilson era my mother visiting England and
trying to pay in Scottish banknotes. The trader asked if they were
real and whether they were worth the same as English notes.
"Yes, they're worth the same," she said, "We had to devalue them at
the same time you devalued yours!"