William Watson (Dundee) Ltd, Bleachers and Dyers, Forebank Dyeworks, Dundee

Scope and Content

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.

Administrative / 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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Acquisition Information

The records were deposited by A & S Henry & Co Ltd 1984-1993 (AccM/207, AccM/245, AccM/293).

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Related Material

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

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