Collection MS 95 - Thomson, Shepherd & Co. Ltd, Jute spinners and manufacturers, Dundee

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MS 95


Thomson, Shepherd & Co. Ltd, Jute spinners and manufacturers, Dundee


  • 1852-1986 (Creation)

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2.60 linear metres

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Biographical history

Thomson, Shepherd & Co Ltd was founded in 1848 when David Thomson, a shipmaster's son who had served an apprenticeship with James Neish, a jute pioneer, set up in business on his own in a small hand-spinning and hand-loom weaving shed. The firm was soon operating successfully and in 1852 David Thomson was granted a patent from Queen Victoria in respect of jute carpeting - the earliest patent granted in Dundee for any jute product.

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Scope and content

Registers of directors 1901 1943; minute books 1896 1965; shareholding records 1896 1963; balance sheets 1904 1967; ledgers 1897 1966; journal 1938 1957; bank pass books 1947 1951; jute purchase books 1945 1965; stock books 1883 1948; records relating to wages, salaries and pensions 1932 1961; production records 1876 1906, 1932 1961; miscellaneous legal and general company records 1896 1964; patents 1852, 1888; factory school registers 1868 1870; miscellaneous papers 1855 1986; photographs 1852 1951; plan 1869; company files 1896 1986.


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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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The records are original.

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The company files are available on microfiche from Companies Registration Office, Edinburgh.

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MS 95

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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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