Scottish novelist and poet Nan Shepherd will be the first woman to be featured on the Royal Bank of Scotland’s £5 note, it was announced today. The bank note will come into circulation later this year.
Born in 1893, Nan went on to pen both novels and non-fiction, all of which feature the Scottish landscape and weather that inspired her writing.
The back of the £5 note will include a playful picture of two mackerel, said to be the Scottish fishing industry’s most valuable resource. Alongside the image will be an extract of a poem, The Choice, by Sorley Maclean, one of the most popular Scottish poets in history.
Scientist Mary Somerville has also been selected to appear on the £10 note. But for now, here are a few things you may not know about Nan Shepherd…
1) She lived in Aberdeen all her life
After moving to the village of Cults, Aberdeen, as a small child, Nan continued to live in her childhood home for the rest of her 87 years.