Sub-fonds MS 17/2 - North British Railway Company: miscellaneous papers

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MS 17/2


North British Railway Company: miscellaneous papers


  • 1846-1902 (Creation)

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0.15 linear metres

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The North British Railway Company was incorporated in 1844, gaining authorisation to operate a line running from Berwick to Edinburgh with a four mile long branch line running to Haddington. The main line opened in 1846 with the branch line operating from 1856. The North British soon expanded its influence both by absorbing rival railway companies (for example the Edinburgh and Glasgow line was taken over in 1865), and by becoming involved in large building projects such as the building of the Tay rail bridge in 1878 and, in a joint venture with the Midland and the Great Northern and North Eastern companies, the building of the Forth rail bridge in 1881. The North British Railway Company was absorbed into the London and North Eastern Railway Company in 1923.

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Title deeds, legal papers and correspondence mainly re. acquisition of land and property in Dundee and Perth 1846-1902; Tay Bridge Enquiry and Bill 1869-1888; the Springfield Accident 1885; legal actions 1888-1895; Amalgamation Bill 1890; the acceleration of mails between Dundee and England 1890-1892; the Dundee Extension and Improvement Act 1892.


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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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Related units of descripton: MS 17P/23 Bound set of plans and sections of the North British Railway, 1890-1891 MS 17P/92 North British Railway: plan and sections of proposed alterations of the levels of the Tay Bridge and Newport Railways, 1880 MS 17P/127-128 North British Railway: plans and sections of land to be acquired at Dundee 1899-1900 MS 17P/189-190 North British Railway: set of plans and sections in the counties of Forfar and Fife, 1877 MS 17P/212 North British Railway: plan showing ground etc. acquired from town council of Dundee, 1874 MS 17P/248 Dundee Harbour: duplicated plan referred to in the feu contract between the trustees of the Harbour of Dundee and the North British Railway Co, 1877 MS 17P/252 North British Railway: plan showing company's property at Union Street, Dundee, 1881 MS 17P/255 North British Railway: plan showing proposed railway at Dundee, 1878 MS 17P/257(2) Plan of Rollo's Pier, Magdalen Yard Road, Dundee. Certified as plan referred to in feuing agreement between Thomas Lister Watt, John Stirling and the North British Railway Co, 1877 MS 17P/259-260 North British Railway: plan of company's property at Union Street, Dundee and set of plans of Railway no. 2, 1881 MS 17P/274-275 Plans showing ground at Union Street, Dundee, required by the North British Railway Company, 1873 - 1874

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MS 17/2

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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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