Sub-fonds MS 66/7 - F Stewart Sandeman & Sons Ltd, Cotton and Jute Spinners and Manufacturers, Dundee

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MS 66/7


F Stewart Sandeman & Sons Ltd, Cotton and Jute Spinners and Manufacturers, Dundee


  • 1903-1936 (Creation)

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0.25 linear metres.

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IIn 1860 Frank Stewart Sandeman became a partner in Luncarty Bleachfield Co, Perthshire. In 1862 he founded the firm Laing and Sandeman with W Laing but it was dissolved in 1873 to form Sandeman, Keillor & Co. Keillor left a year later and that same year Manhattan Works opened in Dundee. As owner of these Works, Colonel Sandeman bought Stanley Cotton Mill in 1876-1880 with the support of the Duke of Atholl, renewing the historical Nairne link with the estates of Stanley and Atholl. In 1876 and 1887 respectively Stewart and Fred D Stewart Sandeman joined the firm to form F S Sandeman & Sons. After Fred's two younger brothers joined the firm in 1900, it became a limited company and in 1921 it amalgamated with Jute Industries Ltd. It went into voluntary liquidation in 1932. Although F Stewart Sandeman & Sons went into voluntary liquidation in 1932, the three Stanley Belting companies, the corporations of Chicago (1914-1944) and New York (1921-1934), (Canada) Ltd, Toronto (1927-1934) and the Sandeman Stanley Cotton Belting Co Ltd, London, (1924-1945), which had sales connections with South America, continued to trade variously. In the 1890s, a weaving process for cotton driving belting was bought and improved, as a concern, by Frank Stewart Sandeman. 'Stanley Solid Woven Cotton Belting' was a sales success. The Sandeman Stanley Cotton Belting Co Ltd, Dundee (1935-1941) had its origins in the Sandeman Stanley Cotton Belting Co, Stanley (1913-1929) and the firms of Frank Stewart (F S) Sandeman & Sons Ltd of Dundee, Stanley and Manhattan (1919-1929).

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Shareholding records c.1913-1932; miscellaneous records (including directors' reports, correspondence, stock book, accounts and company history) 1903-1936; photographs 1922.


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Records are arranged within series.

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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 and include photographs.

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Records of the firm previously surveyed by the National Register of Archives (Scotland) (survey no. 0379) relating to Stanley Mill, Perthshire, have not been deposited. They were referenced MS 66/VII/1-MS/VII/4/5. These numbers have now been reallocated to refer to the deposited collection.

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MS 66/7

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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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