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Finlay, Clark & Co, cotton textile merchants, Bombay, India, was formed in 1862 as a subsidiary of James Finlay & Co Ltd, textile manufacturers, tea planters, and merchants, Glasgow, Scotland. In 1862 , the market for raw cotton was in turmoil as a result of the American civil war. The war had to a great extent closed the supply of American cotton and had created distress at James Finlay & Co Ltd's mills at Catrine and Deanston in Scotland. India was seen by many as a possible alternative source of cotton, and in 1862 , James Finlay & Co Ltd established a branch in Bombay, India, under the name Finlay, Clark & Co. The branch survived a difficult first couple of years, and prospered to such an extent that by Finlay, Clark & Co 1968 were the largest exporters of cotton to Europe. It was this success which encouraged James Finlay & Co Ltd to open a branch in Calcutta, India. This new branch opened in 1870 under the name Finlay, Muir & Co Ltd, agents, and merchants, Calcutta. The two branches were consolidated under this name. The main business of the Bombay branch, now trading under the name Finlay, Muir & Co Ltd, was as importers of piece goods and yarns, and exporters of cotton. It also dealt in a small way with other goods, importing coal, iron, and other metals, and exporting shellac, hides, vegetable wax, bullhorns, and other profitable items. Finlay, Clark & Co were still trading under the name Finlay, Muir & Co Ltd in 1950 .
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