Sub-fonds MS 86/12 - William Watson (Dundee) Ltd

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MS 86/12


William Watson (Dundee) Ltd


  • 1856-1983 (Creation)

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0.60 linear metres

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Biographical history

The company started trading between 1890 and 1902 as 'Bleachers Dyers and Finishers of all kinds of flax, cotton and jute yarns and piece goods' at Forebank Dyeworks. It was a successor to James Stevenson & Co, who had been engaged in the same business in the same site since 1850. William Watson (Dundee) Ltd was incorporated in 1925 and in 1969 acquired Cargill & Company Ltd. By 1980 production at Midmill had ceased, and by the following year the company had become a fully owned subsidiary of A & S Henry & Co (Dundee) Ltd.

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Minutes 1925 1978; shareholding records 1925-1979; ledgers 1925-1983; journals; cash books and other financial records 1967-1983; balance sheets 1926 1983; memoranda and articles of association 1925-1969; accident registers 1974-1980; sales/production records 1975-1980; valuation of Forebank Dyeworks 1962; winding book 1856-1859.


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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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MS 86/XI Cargill & Co Ltd, Dundee Bleachers, Midmill Works, Dundee

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MS 86/12

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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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