Sub-fonds MS 66/9 - Boase Spinning Company Limited, Flax, Hemp and Jute Spinners and Manufacturers, Dundee

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MS 66/9


Boase Spinning Company Limited, Flax, Hemp and Jute Spinners and Manufacturers, Dundee


  • 1862-1987 (Creation)

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0.45 linear metres.

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Biographical history

In 1861 W L Boase purchased a factory at Johnshaven for the manufacture of hemp sackings. In 1867 a factory in Maxwelltown, Dundee, was also purchased and the following year Boase joined the firm of Boswell & Co, hemp spinners, Leven. This firm became known as Small and Boase in 1869 when W.L. Boase's cousin Edward Boase became a partner. Boase Spinning Company registered as a limited liability company in 1886 and was an amalgamation of Messrs Small and Boase, Leven, and William L. Boase and Co, Dundee. It was registered as a private company in 1908 and was incorporated as the Boase Spinning Company (1920) Ltd in 1920. In 1968 a new holding company was created, called South Mills (Textiles) Limited, while the Rockwell and G.C. Taylor & Son branches continued to have the name Boase Spinning Company. Sidlaw Industries Limited purchased a controlling interest in the company in 1972, buying the company outright in 1973. South Mills (Textiles) became a dormant company in 1984.

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Minute books 1886-1987; ledgers 1876-1899; contracts, specifications and order books 1870-1950; miscellaneous papers (including shareholding records) 1862-1982; photographs 1946-1968


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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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MS 66/9

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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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