Records of Austin & McAslan Ltd, seeds merchants, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Private ledgers 1841-1905
  • Letter books 1879-1881

Administrative / Biographical History

John McAslan established the business in 1717  in Glasgow, Scotland. He was succeeded by Robert Austin and Alexander McAslan , the son of John, who traded as Austin & McAslan . They were the proprietors of the Little Govan Nursery, Glasgow. The firm remained in the hands of their descendants until 1860  when James Hunter acquired the business. He was succeeded by his son Alexander N Hunter. In 1923  the business had offices and a warehouse located at 89 Mitchell Street, Glasgow, with nurseries at Cathcart, Glasgow, covering about 50 acres and seed stores at Wallace Street, Glasgow. The firm employed over 100 staff. It was subsequently incorporated as a limited liability company, as Austin & McAslan Ltd . In 1957  the firm's head office was located at 106 Salkeld Street, but the business transferred to Edinburgh, Scotland, in the 1960s  . It is unclear as to when the company ceased trading.


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Gift : Austin & McAslan Ltd, Glasgow : pre 1970

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Acquired directly from creators, pre 1970


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Updated by Lesley Richmond , Acting Director, 3 March 2000

Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 15 February 2002

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