Records of Birkmyre Brothers (Calcutta) Ltd, jute spinners, Calcutta, India

Scope and Content

  • Contract of copartnery 1910;
  • Financial records 1935.

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Gourock Ropeworks Co was founded in  1736  in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland. By the late nineteenth century the company was under the control of  Henry Birkmyre (1832-1900) and his brother, John, who had become partners in the firm in 1853. Their father, William Birkmyre, had also been a manager of the company until he retired in 1860.

The late 1880s also saw the  Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd  establishing offices and warehouses throughout Britain and South America. Agents were also appointed in Europe and other markets were established in Australia. William Birkmyre, Henry's brother, who had managed the sacking mill at Greenock, was responsible for the establishing a large jute mill in Calcutta, India, in partnership with Henry and John. The firm of  Birkmyre Bros (Calcutta) Ltd, which eventually operated the Hastings Mill in Calcutta and two others in Serampore and Bombay, generated an average of £10,358 a year as interest on capital invested in the last 10 years of Henry's life. The company continued to trade until the 1930s.


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Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd : Port Glasgow : c.1971

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Custodial History

The bulk of this material was received directly from the creator by the Economic History Department, Glasgow University in c1971. Management of the collection transferred to Glasgow University Archives in 1975.


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Related Material

GB 0248 UGD 42 Records of Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd

The Gourock Ropeworks Co had a number of subsidiary companies whose records survive:

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/1 Records of Govan Ropeworks Co Ltd

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/2 Records of Archibald Thomson Black & Co

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/3 Records of Gourock Ropeworks Export Co

GB 248 UGD 42/6/4 Records of Gourock-Bridport Ltd, Montreal, Canada

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/5 Records of Greenock Ropework Co

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/6 Records of Gourock Ropes and Canvas (Africa) Ltd

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/7 Records of Gourock Ropes and Canvas Co Ltd, Australia (including Birkmyre Canvas Co Pty Ltd)

GB0248 UGD 42/6/9 Records of Gourock Ropes & Canvas Ltd, New Zealand

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/10 Records of Gourock Ropes & Canvas Ltd, Argentina

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/12 Records of miscellaneous companies related to the Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd

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