Collection MS 105 - Shiell and Small, Solicitors

Baxter Park bye-laws Dundee School of Art prospectus

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MS 105


Shiell and Small, Solicitors


  • 1743-1982 (Creation)

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26.25 linear metres.

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Biographical history

John Shiell and David Small founded Shiell and Small solicitors in 1832. John Sheill (1806-1875) was from Smithfield, while David Small (d 1885) was the son of a Dundee Town Clerk. They began trading in New Inn Entry, and moved to 10 Reform Street in the early 1840's, and shortly afterwards moved to larger premises in Bank Street in the 1860s. John Shiell's son, James Guthrie Shiell (1874-1927) joined the firm in the early 1900s, and other partners included John Small, W.F. Small, and Herbert Kinnaird Ogilvy. In 1891 W. Thomson Currie, who had been admitted as a co-partner, assumed control and continued the practice under the same name. Shiell and Small acted as Treasurers to the University College Dundee and the Technical Institute, served as Clerks for the Baxter Park Trust and were factors for the Dalhousie, Rossie Priory and Baldovan estates. They were well known for representing both major businesses and landed families in the Dundee area. Shiell and Small ceased trading in 1990, when it was acquired by Miller Sneddon solicitors of Perth and Newburgh, which later merged with Hendry and Fenton solicitors of Dundee, to form Miller Hendry solicitors of Dundee, Perth and Newbrugh.

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MS 105/I Shiell and Small, Solicitors, Dundee MS 105/II Dundee and Newtyle Railway Company MS 105/III Dundee and Perth and Aberdeen Railway Junction Company MS 105/IV Caledonian Railway Company MS 105/V Callender and Oban Railway Company MS 105/VI North British Railway Company MS 105/VII Dundee and Arbroath Railway Company MS 105/VIII Scottish Central Railway Company MS 105/IX Miscellaneous Railway Companies MS 105/X Miscellaneous Clients MS 105/XI Baxter Park Trustees MS 105/XII William Arklay Timber Merchant, Caledonia Saw Mills MS 105/XIII Dundee Corn Exchange and Public Hall Association Ltd MS 105/XIV Dundee Garden City Association Ltd MS 105/XV Eastern Bank of Scotland MS 105/XVI Lands of Henry Burra Esquire in Glenbucket [Glenbuchat] and Strathdon MS 105/XVII Standard Life Assurance Company MS 105/XVIII James Small, Civil [and Electrical] Engineer, London MS 105/XIX Insurance Company of Scotland MS 105/XX Executries and Trusts MS 105/XXI Kelly Castle MS 105/22 Papers mainly relating to the James Duncan of Jordanstone bequest and the proposals to use this to set up an Art College as part of Dundee Technical College and School of Art under the Educational Endowments (Scotland) Act MS 105/P Maps and Plans


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Records are arranged into sub-fonds. Usually chronological within series.

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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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The records are on paper and include outsize plans.

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MS 105

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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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