Extent of flax trade in Dundee - Causes of increase - Mill workers in 1833 - Manufacturers - My first work after my return -Appointed manager of Upper Dens Mill - William Baxter and his sons - The firm and their mills - Dundee in 1833: its size - its streets - Gas lighting - Wants of the town - The trades of the town - Cost of food - Banks - Schools and education - Newspapers - Medical men - The harbour - Means of locomotion - Newtyle Railway - General description of the town.
(1-54) Title deeds, legal papers and correspondence. 1846-1902. Mainly relates to acquisition of land and property in Dundee and Perth by the North British Railway Co, but includes conveyance of land in Dundee by Dundee Town council to the Caledonian Railway Co, 1868 and papers relating to land behind Cupar Jail, 1846-1892. Also includes: (22) Plans  showing ground between Foundry Lane and East Dock Street, Dundee, property of the Joint Committee of the Caledonian and North British Railway Co, for the purpose of constructing new railway sidings. ["39"]. Surveyor: unknown. Scale approx. 1 in. to 40 ft. [1:480] 74 x 49 cm. Scale approx. 1 in. to 40 ft. [1:480] 76 x 55 cm.
(1-7) Precognition of Henry Able Noble and David Young, salmon fisher, proof of William [Oran], boilermaker, Henry Able Noble, Captain Pryde, John Wilson, Captain Charles Wright, relating to Tay Bridge Enquiry. 1880. (8,9) Petitions by the Provost, Magistrates and Town Council of Cupar and Brechin in favour of the Tay Bridge Bill. 1881. (10) Removal of the old Tay Bridge. Evidence before select committee of the House of Commons. 1885. (11) Letters concerning the "New Tay Bridge Viaduct". Correspondents are William MacLeish, G. Neiland, Thomas Thornton, 25 February, 1881. (12) Tay Bridge Railways. Canvas Book. 1869. (13) North British Railway Company (Additional Works and Powers) Act. 1877. (14) Precognition of David Cunningham, Civil Engineer and Charles Yule, Dundee Harbour Master, together with briefs for Dundee Harbour Trustee, relating to the North British Railways Bill. 1888. (15) Unidentified extract of a private bill (Waterworks). 1881. (16) Unsigned letter to Town Clerk's Office, Dundee. 16 November, 1881. (17) 'The Tay Bridge Bill'; article on committee stage of the bill in the Dundee Advertiser. 3 May, 1881.
Specifications and other papers relating to work on lodge, gateway and garden walls, to formation of new approach road, and to building of new granary at Milton of Monifieth. 1879-1880. Includes inventory of machinery and furnishings for mill at Milton of Monifieth. 1887. [See also MS 17P/302-3]. .
Maps and plan, mainly of Dundee, Angus, Perthshire; subjects include property, railways, water supplies, harbours, River Tay, roads, estates, Ordnance Survey c.1771-1940. These plans were kept on behalf of their clients by Thomas Thornton, Son & Co in the course of their practice as solicitors.