Company files 1946-1987; letter books 1904-1952; correspondence files and boxes (UK and foreign) 1961-1976; purchase records 1915-1967; order records 1908-1965; completed orders and related correspondence 1960-1981; sales ledgers 1900-1966; general sales correspondence 1956-1976; specification cards and pin order records 1952-1977; copy order records 1971-1973; technical papers 1964-1975; repair invoices 1961-1968; wages books 1963-1974; work studies 1959-1973
Abstract of accounts, furnishings and current charges 1892-1915, Ledger no. 1. (With index) 1911-1921, and souvenir brochure giving brief history of the firm and includes mounted photographs showing exterior and interior views of Dudhope Works, some with personnel with negatives of photographs, 1839-1946. Also includes illustrated booklet outlining history and development of Low & Bonar Group & Companies, including William Fergusson & Sons Ltd. c.1950, and a set of accounts and reports 1985.
James Wilson (1756-1830) originally apprenticed to A. Murray, cooper of Beith, between 1771 and 1774 was a cooper in Pollokshaws and later (possibly) a farmer in Lochwinnoch, near Paisley. In 1782 he married Margaret Blackburn, daughter of John Blackburn and Margaret Clark. They had ten children, the sixth of whom, James Wilson (1794-1863), carried on the trade of cooper and in 1816 also entered into partnership with his elder brother John (1783-1834) as a soap and candlemaker, continuing to pursue both trades in Pollokshaws. In 1825 he married Helen Primrose, the eldest of sixteen children of William Primrose and Christian Brown. James and Helen Wilson had ten children, two of whom - William Primrose Wilson (1836-1926) and James Wilson (1848-1919) - formed the company of Wilson Brothers to manufacture wool in Alva, Clackmannanshire. Both William and James Wilson became members of the Bakers' Incorporation of Glasgow in 1893 and Burgesses of the City of Glasgow in the same year. In 1878 James married Margaret Steven, the second of seven children of Alexander Steven and Agnes Ann McNeil. They moved down to London in 1893 where James Wilson looked after the London end of the business and built it into a more successful concern. His older brother was responsible for the company's affairs in Alva. The family moved back to Alva in 1908. James and Margaret Wilson had four children: Alexander Steven Wilson (1882-1976), Helen Primrose Wilson (1885-1958), James Blackburn Wilson (1888-1961) and Agnes Ann McNeil [Nancy] (1894-1944). Alexander Steven trained as an electrical engineer at Finsbury Technical College and then worked with the German firm of Siemens Schukert Werke in Nürnberg and with Siemens Brothers and Co Dynamo Works in London. The letters he received from his family during this period give a fascinating glimpse of life in early Edwardian London. In 1907 he was asked to help his father with the family's woollen manufacturing business in Alva, and he became a partner in 1908. James Blackburn became a partner in 1922, along with their cousin A H W Forrest. The family connection with Wilson Brothers was continued through Alexander Steven's son Peter Sidney Steven Wilson (1925-1992). Helen Primrose was a nurse during the Great War of 1914-1918, while James Blackburn Wilson served with the French Red Cross, in the Verdun Sector, between February 1916 and April 1917, and later the British Army, between May 1917 and February 1919, serving in both Britain and France. In 1922 he married Mary Taylor Watt, the youngest of seven children of John Watt and Agnes Taylor Dickie, and a sister of Professor Hugh Watt, sometime Moderator of the Church of Scotland. James Watt Wilson, who gave the collection to the University, is the youngest of three children of James Blackburn and Margaret Wilson, and was born in 1930.
Material pertaining to the employment of William Norrie in the Barnagore Jute Mill Company in India between 1949 and 1952, where he was employed as a Mill Mechanic. Items relating to Mr Norrie's employment in India
Contains a self-published book titled "Was Disaster built into the first Tay Bridge? - Surviving correspondence which went to the Inquiry but was NOT revealed". Photographs and notes of notes on loyal address from his time as a student representative council member in St Andrews, and CDs containing summaries of research, powerpoint presentations, with one presentation on the S Drive in electronic format only (MS 415/2/1).
Marketing and PR Records including publication titled 'Business in Dundee in the XIXth Century' by J R L Halley Narrative developed from notes on the history of the firm and on the jute industry in Dundee. 1 volume, c1977; 'A History of Halley's Mill 1822-1980', edited by J.R.L. Halley, printed by William Halley & Sons Ltd, Dundee 1 volume, 1980; and 'A History of Halley's Mill 1822-1980' with brief manuscript commentary on the text 1 volume, 1980 - 2000.
Cassette tape entitled Schola Clara: The High School of Dundee, 1911-1918, spoken by W. Fraser Mitchell; notes for proposed illustrated talk called A Century of Dundee Life, 1865-1965; A Short Family History. Being an Account of a family of Lawson their Progenitors and Kinsmen by W. Fraser Mitchell; notes and anecdotes concerning women in Universities, University College Dundee staff, Dundee personalities and some Dundee buildings including St. John's (Roseangle Parish Church), Botanical Gardens 1977; photograph of Morgan Academy, Dundee, Class II (1908-1909).
Notes entitled 'Co-operation in Dundee c 1790-1940' by William Duncan concerning labour relations and co-operative societies in Dundee, Broughty Ferry and Monifieth and including biographical notes with bibliography and index, 1940-1942. Volume of notes concerning labour relations in general and the co-operative societies in Dundee, Broughty Ferry, and Monifieth, in particular includes biographical notes on John Barrow, W.H. Crooks, John Leese, Robert Martin, William Phillips, James Wilkie. Includes bibliography and index. [113pp] [Copy typescript] 1940-1942 pp1-23 political and social conditions in Dundee, 19th and 20th centuries; with bibliography. pp25-35 notes from Dundee Year Books, 1878-1916, mainly concerning labour relations. pp36-73 notes on the origins of the co-operative movement in general and on the co-operative societies in Dundee, in particular includes food price lists 1882 and 1904. pp73-110 notes on co-operation in Dundee 1918-1939 from press reports.
The volumes consist of four log books and one volume showing various lists kept by Walter Kinnes and David Esplin on board the SS Active during expeditions to Hudson Bay and Straits and also relates to Mica mining.
Grant's Jubilee Supplement' to the Broughty Ferry Guide and Carnoustie Gazette, Saturday, 13 April, 1957; scrapbook containing newspaper cuttings relating to WG Grant & Co Ltd, and the jute industry in general 1950-1958; plans and technical drawings 1857-1960.