- 1830-1934 (Creation)
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1.40 linear metres.
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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.
These papers were kept on behalf of their clients by Shiell and Small in the course of their practice as solicitors.
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Single volumes and items, particularly letter books relating to affairs mainly of local businessmen (some unidentified). Clients include Edward C Baird; James Bell & Son, Rope and Sailmakers, Dundee; J C Buist; W Thomson Currie; James Davidson; J A Guthrie of Craigie (Dundee Harbour extension reports and correspondence 1854-1869); Meyer, Milne & Co; William Nicoll; Alexander Ramsay; Ross and Mitchell, Railway Contractors, Edinburgh; O J Rowland, Jute Merchant & Manufacturer; William Small, County Fire Office (1909-1964); Dundee and District Armaments Committee; Dundee New Gas Light Co; Dundee Working Men's Club; Dundee Water Works
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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. May require conservation
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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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