Lewis C Grant & Co Ltd, Dunnikier Foundry, Dysart
- 1846-1987 (Creation)
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6.01 linear metres
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The origin of the firm can be traced to the Stratheden Foundry, Cupar, in which Robert Douglas bought shares in the early 1830s. By the 1850s some general foundry work was being carried out in Kirkcaldy and by the 1870s, the partnership of Douglas and (Lewis) Grant was specialising in the manufacture of steam engines. In the early twentieth century the firm diversified into the production of rice-milling machinery for export and in 1912 established branches in Rangoon, Saigon and Tanjore to develop this market. Douglas & Grant was incorporated as a limited company in the same year. In 1926 the original firm went into voluntary liquidation and was re-organised as Lewis C Grant. This company was incorporated in 1951.
Series MS 45/1 and MS 45/5/1 were saved by Ian James Cairns in c. Mid 1950s (after he joined the company in 1954). The rest of the company's records were destroyed (order books, drawings, documents, etc.) while Cairns saved what he considered the most significant.
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General legal and administrative records 1846-1923; financial records 1918-1961; letter books and miscellaneous files 1887-1956; memoranda books and diaries kept by Lewis C Grant c.1924-1952; production and technical records 1854-1942; catalogues 1909-1964; photographs 1873-1960; company files 1951-1987; miscellaneous papers 1863-1951.
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Usually chronological within series.
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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.
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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 microfiche, and include photographs.
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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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