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This company was initially a partnership called Wilson, James & Kay, and began life as a yarn and goods merchant. It had an office in Glassford Street, Glasgow, Scotland, and was at the heart of the cotton trade in the first part of the 19th century . The firm became agents for Gladstone, Wylie & Co of Calcutta, India and of Frith, Sands & Co, merchants, of Bombay, India. After 1852 , Wilson, Kay & Co acted as the agents for the sale of the goods of James Finlay & Co Ltd, textile manufacturers, tea planters, and merchants, Glasgow, Scotland. James Finlay & Co Ltd and Wilson, Kay & Co became intermingled, sharing premises at 22 West Nile Street, Glasgow, Scotland, and in 1858 , they amalgamated under the name James Finlay & Co Ltd. Alexander Kay's daughter, Margaret Morrison Kay, married John Muir (later Sir John Muir).
For more information, see The Staple Industries, The Dictionary of Scottish Business Biography, Vol.1., A Slaven (ed), (AUP 1990), and in particular, the entry for James Clark of Crossbasket and John Muir of Deanston, Perthshire.
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