Sub-fonds MS 100/1 - Don Brothers, Buist & Co. Ltd, Spinners and manufacturers, Dundee and Forfar, and Don & Low (Holdings) Ltd

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MS 100/1


Don Brothers, Buist & Co. Ltd, Spinners and manufacturers, Dundee and Forfar, and Don & Low (Holdings) Ltd


  • 1794-1995 (Creation)

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15.80 linear metres

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This company's origins can be traced back to around 1788 when William Don established a linen merchants and manufacturers business in Forfar. In 1865 the company of Don Brothers, Buist was formed when the Don business amalgamated with that of A.J. Buist. As Don Brothers, Buist & Co Ltd, the business amalgamated with Low Brothers & Co (Dundee) Ltd, a merchant house, in 1960, although both companies continued to trade under their former names. The company also expanded by taking over a number of other textile businesses, including J & J Smart (Brechin) Ltd and Moffat & Son Ltd, as it became one of Scotland's most important textile firms. Don & Low (Holdings) Ltd was formed in March 1987 when Don Brothers, Buist plc reverted to being a private company. This followed the company's being taken over by Shell UK Ltd.

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Companies Registration Office files. 1904-1987; Miscellaneous general company records. 1852-1987; Letter books & correspondence. 1794-1990; Accounts books and accounts. 1885-1991; Balance sheets. 1868-1945; Ledgers, journals and cash books. 1835-1987; Claims reports, receipts and records relating to taxation. 1889-1990; Miscellaneous financial records. 1869-1990; Wages and salaries books. 1805-1989. Miscellaneous records relating to wages and salaries and employee records. 1856-1969. Company Pension Fund records. 1950-1990; Production records. 1866-1995; Order and contract books. 1843-1958; Specification books. 1926-1940; Seal books. 1904-1980; Miscellaneous record books. 1884-1980; Records relating to property and machinery. 1833-1990; Miscellaneous papers concerning legal and business affairs; Miscellaneous printed books and reports. 1891-1992; Newspaper cuttings albums. 1879-1969; Photographs. 1940s-1970s; Records relating to subsidiary companies. 1950-1989; Artefact. c 1985


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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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MS 100/I

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MS 100/1

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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