Records of Ferguson, Shaw & Sons Ltd, oil and grease refiners, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Ferguson, Shaw & Sons Ltd: sales ledgers, journals, day books, cash books, salary books, plans;
  • Gleniffer Soap Co Ltd: finance records;
  • Sadler & Co (Glasgow) Ltd: minutes;
  • James Young & Sons (Springfield) Ltd: minutes;
  • James Howie & Co Ltd: finance records

Administrative / Biographical History

The firm of Ferguson Shaw & Sons commenced trading in around 1843  . They were incorporated on 27 May 1953. They acted as manufacturers of fish oils, edible and compound fats and lubricating oils and had a number of subsidiaries concerned with the manufacture of soap. These included James Howie & Co Ltd , Sadler & Co (Glasgow) Ltd , James Young & Sons (Springfield) Ltd and the Gleniffer Soap Co Ltd . Between 1864  and 1892  the firm was operating from premises at 39 Stockwell Street, Glasgow. By 1904  they had moved to 130-136 Bishop Street, Port Dundas, Glasgow, and by 1929 they had opened their Imperial Oil Works at 19 Tyndrum Street, Port Dundas, Glasgow, where they remained until they ceased trading in 1994  .


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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by Jenny Bunn, Assistant Archivist, 16 March 2000. Converted to Encoded Archival Description by Victoria Stobo, Retroconversion Cataloguing Assistant, 15 May 2012. Catalogue edited by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 4 July 2012.

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