Sidlaw Industries, Dundee

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  • Reference
      GB 254 MS 66
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  • Physical Description
      34.80 linear metres. The records are on paper and include photographs and outsize plans.

Scope and Content

The collection has been arranged into the following sub-fonds:

  • MS 66/I Thomas Bell & Sons (of Dundee) Ltd 1812-1942
  • MS 66/II Cox Brothers Ltd 1812-1989
  • MS 66/III Gilroy Sons & Co Ltd 1849-1933
  • MS 66/IV J & A D Grimond Ltd 1863-1953
  • MS 66/V John N Kyd & Co Ltd 1850-1961
  • MS 66/VI Harry Walker & Sons Ltd 1608-c.1960
  • MS 66/VII F S Stewart Sandeman & Sons Ltd 1903-1936
  • MS 66/VIII John Lowson Jnr & Co Ltd 1874-1955
  • MS 66/IX Boase Spinning Co Ltd 1862-1987
  • MS 66/X Sidlaw Industries Ltd 1887-1993
  • MS 66/XI Miscellaneous associated, affiliated and subsidiary companies of Jute Industries Ltd
  • MS 66/XII Miscellaneous and Unidentified Papers 1884-c.1950

Administrative / Biographical History

Jute Industries Ltd was formed as a result of the amalgamation of many of the Dundee jute companies including Cox Brothers (Camperdown Works), Gilroy and Sons (Tay Works) and J and A D Grimond (Bowbridge Works), and was registered as a limited company in England in 1920. It changed its name to Sidlaw Industries Ltd in 1971 and to Sidlaw Group plc in 1981. Over the years the company moved away from jute into other interests. As of 2013 the company is still registered as active and is based in Bristol.


The firm's records were surveyed by the National Register of Archives (Scotland) in 1968, (survey no. 0379) and the arrangement and references adopted at that time have been maintained. Additional records and in some instances more detailed information, have been incorporated into this scheme.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The records were deposited by the firm in 1980, 1993, 1994 and 2008


Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, December 2001.

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