Records of the Govan Ropeworks Co Ltd, rope makers, Govan, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Articles of association of the Govan Rope & Sail Co 1889;
  • Ledger 1912-1926;
  • Correspondence 1918-1920;
  • Correspondence file regarding purchases by Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd 1919;
  • Share records 1920-1928;
  • Journal 1920-1933;
  • Legal papers 1926-1967;
  • Financial papers 1927-1934;
  • Inventory of raw materials 1934;
  • Annual returns to Companies House 1934-1943;
  • Property file 1939-1953;
  • Liquidation file 1943-1948;
  • Report on Govan departments 1946-1950.

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Govan Rope & Sail Co, rope makers, Govan, Glasgow, Scotland, was formed in 1889. The company became known as  Govan Ropeworks Co Ltd and in 1918 the company was purchased by the  Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd, Port Glasgow, Invercyde, Scotland, and traded as a subsidiary company, producing rope, cordage and fishing line. The Govan Ropeworks appears to have been liquidated in the late 1940s but the plant at Govan continued to produce rope and by 1954 was the largest single rope making unit of the Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd. The Gourock Ropework Co Ltd became part of Bridon Ropes Ltd in  1970  when it was taken over by Bridon Fibres & Plastics Ltd.

Sources: GB 248 UGD 42/11/4 The Gourock Ropework Co including The Govan Ropework Co Ltd memorandum re business (1927-1929); GB 248 UGD 42/11/8/3 The Gourock. Brochure (1954)


Generally arranged chronologically within record series.

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Acquisition Information

Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd : Port Glasgow : c.1971

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

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 42/6/2 Records of Archibald Thomson Black & Co

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

GB 0248 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)

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/8 Records of Birkmyre Brothers (Calcutta) Ltd

GB 0248 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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