Collection MS 139 - William Halley and Sons Ltd, Dundee

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MS 139


William Halley and Sons Ltd, Dundee


  • c1977-1980 (Creation)

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3 items

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The company was founded by William Halley, a flax manufacturer who became part owner of Wallace Craigie Works spinning mill, which was built in 1836. The shortage of cotton during the American Civil War resulted in a huge boom in the jute industry and by 1865 Wallace Craigie Works had doubled in size. William Halley's sons became partners in the firm at this time, and the firm became William Halley & Sons. In 1874 William Halley died, his elder son retired, and George Halley became sole proprietor. George Halley, a former Provost of Broughty Ferry died aged 66 in 1904. His sons, Alexander Campbell Halley and James Henderson Halley took over the running of the firm at this time. A. C. Halley left the business on his retirement in 1921 and died in 1944. James Henderson Halley continued in partenership with his son James R. L. Halley. Wallace Craigie Works was used by the firm until c 2004, and was demolished in 2018. From c 2004 the firm had operated from smaller premises Wester Gourdie, and the company later became JWT (Scotland) Ltd.

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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.


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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 15/45

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MS 139

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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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