Sub-fonds MS 24/1 - Low & Bonar PLC

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MS 24/1


Low & Bonar PLC


  • 1901-1992 (Creation)

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1.2 linear metres

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Biographical history

In 1903 John C. Low and George Bonar entered into a partnership agreement to carry on the business of merchanting jute goods in both home and foreign markets. In 1909, East Port Calender works, a cloth-finishing and bag sewing and printing establishment was acquired. In 1912 the original partnership became incorporated as a Private Limited Company, Low & Bonar Ltd and the share capital of William Fergusson & Sons Ltd was purchased to give the company an interest in jute weaving. In 1924 the company acquired control of Baxter Brothers & Co. Ltd. The Eagle Jute Mills were built in 1930 on the site of the Dens Foundry and engineering works formerly operated by Baxter Brothers. In 1951 with the acquisition of a controlling interest in Bonar Long & Co Ltd, the company diversified into the field of electrical engineering and in 1953 the group's jute spinning activities were further expanded by the acquisition of Henry Boase & Co.

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Corporate records, 1950-1990; Share records, 1912-1986; Legal records, c 1916-1945; Internal Administration, 1912-1973; Accounting and Financial records, 1923-1979; Operations records, 1901-c 1970; Press and Publications, 1976-1992; Staff and Employment records, 1911-1978; Property records, 1933-1972; Photographs, c 1970-1985


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Conditions governing access

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.

Conditions governing reproduction

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 photographs. May require conservation

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MS 24/1

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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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