Records of John McNeil & Co Ltd, sugar machinery manufactures, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Duplicate order books 1887-1935
  • Estates order books1883-1958
  • Progressive costing books 1905-1951
  • Drawing registers 1881-1958
  • Register of sketch tracings 1941-1959
  • Sugar machinery drawings [to be identified]

Administrative / Biographical History

Aitken, McNeil & Co , engineers, was formed in  1881  in Govan, Glasgow, Scotland. The firm became known as  John McNeil & Co in  1897  and had its works in Helen Street, Glasgow, producing machinery for the sugar refining trade. The firm was incorporated as  John McNeil & Co Ltd in  1914  and entered into liquidation in  1960  when its goodwill was acquired by  A & W Smith & Co Ltd , sugar machine manufacturers, Glasgow.

Source:   Michael Moss and John Hume, Workshop of the British Empire: Engineering and Shipbuilding in the West of Scotland(London, 1977)


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Smith Mirrlees : Eglinton Works, Cook Street, Glasgow, G5 8JW : 1972

Smith Mirrlees : Eglinton Works, Cook Street, Glasgow, G5 8JW : 1976 (Additional deposit)

Smith Mirrlees : Eglinton Works, Cook Street, Glasgow, G5 8JW : c1982 (Additional deposit)

Fletcher & Stewart Ltd : c1988 (Additional deposit)

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Digital file level list available in searchroom as part of the Smith Mirrlees finding aid (UGD 118)

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