Sub-fonds MS 93/D - Technical drawings and plans

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MS 93/D


Technical drawings and plans


  • c 1892 - c 1971 (Creation)

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2.04 linear meters

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Administrative history

The company was founded in 1892 by David J MacDonald (1857-1940) initially at works in Dens Road, moving after three years to South Saint Roque's Works. In 1901 the Company purchased the stock, goodwill and buildings in Ward Road of A C Scott (mill-furnisher). The mill-furnishing business was removed to South Saint Roque's Works and the Ward Road property transformed into a garage, which the Rossleigh Company tenanted for 5 years. On the removal of the Rossleigh Company to other premises, the property was remodelled again and automobile engineering was added to the Company's other activities.
In 1920 D J MacDonald's elder (and only surviving) son, W R MacDonald, took over the general management of Saint Roque's Works and Garage. Later the businesses were transformed into two private limited companies: Saint Roque's Automobile Co Ltd in 1921, and D J MacDonald Ltd in 1922, with himself and his son and daughter as the only shareholders and directors; his son being General Manager of both Companies.
D J MacDonald Ltd was voluntarily wound up in 1984, although part of the company was bought by Perth Foundry Ltd, and continued to trade under the name of MacDonald Engineering (Dundee) Ltd, at Hawkhill Court, Mid Wynd for the 'manufacture of sack sewing machinery, special purpose machining, general engineering, installation, maintenance and repair'.
Saint Roques Automobile Co Ltd was not affected. D J MacDonald manufactured an extremely wide range of machinery but tended to specialise in those concerned with the finishing processes of textiles; sewing machines, printing machines and proofing/impregnating machines.

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Technical drawings and plans, largely of machinery. They were produced by or for D J MacDonald Ltd. MS 93/D/1 - MS 93/D/12 = Sack Cutting Machines MS 93/D/13 - MS 93/D/28 = Single Colour Sack Printing Machines MS 93/D/29 - MS 93/D/41 - Double Colour Sack Printing Machines MS 93/D/42 - MS 93/D/60 - Three Colour Sack Printing Machines MS 93/D/61 - MS 93/D/63 - Consecutive Sack Numbering Machine MS 93/D/64 - MS 93/D/68 - Sack Printing Brands MS 93/D/69 - MS 93/D/74 - Printing machines for continuous printing on rolls of cloth, including selvedge printing machines and machines with a measuring device as an additional function. MS 93/D/75 - MS 93/D/90 - Sewing Machines for Sack Sewing and Bag Closing. MS 93/D/91 - MS 93/D/123 - Miscellaneous textile machinery including machines used in preparation and finishing processes. MS 93/D/124 - MS 93/D/139 - Impregnating, Proofing and Tarring Machines MS 93/D/140 - MS 93/D/146 - High Speed Compund Engine MS 93/D/147 - MS 93/D/158 - Miscellaneous Factory and other Machinery# MS 93/D/159 - MS 93/D/217 - Plans


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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 outsize plans. May require conservation

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MS 93/D

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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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