Sir John Who-blon?
Sir John Houblon. You must have heard of him: first governor of the Bank of England. He was such an important and influential chap that they chose to depict him on the back of the £50 note.
What? On the highest denomination note of the realm?
That's right. In 1994, the Bank of England celebrated its 300th anniversary by depicting Sir John on the new £50 note.
How come they chose him then?
Well, I have it on very good authority that people depicted on Bank of England notes must have a well-established record of excellence in their field of endeavour, and their achievements have to merit such commemoration; so I guess Sir John must be somewhat more deserving than it would appear to the likes of you and me. Strange how I couldn't find his name in an Encyclopædia Britannica CD-ROM search.
Sounds like jobs for the boys to me
I couldn't possibly comment.
This article was published in 1999.