Boase Spinning Company Limited, Flax, Hemp and Jute Spinners and Manufacturers, Dundee

Scope and Content

Minute books 1886-1987; ledgers 1876-1899; contracts, specifications and order books 1870-1950; miscellaneous papers (including shareholding records) 1862-1982; photographs 1946-1968

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1861 W L Boase purchased a factory at Johnshaven for the manufacture of hemp sackings. In 1867 a factory in Maxwelltown, Dundee, was also purchased and the following year Boase joined the firm of Boswell & Co, hemp spinners, Leven. This firm became known as Small and Boase in 1869 when W.L. Boase's cousin Edward Boase became a partner. Boase Spinning Company registered as a limited liability company in 1886 and was an amalgamation of Messrs Small and Boase, Leven, and William L. Boase and Co, Dundee. It was registered as a private company in 1908 and was incorporated as the Boase Spinning Company (1920) Ltd in 1920. In 1968 a new holding company was created, called South Mills (Textiles) Limited, while the Rockwell and G.C. Taylor & Son branches continued to have the name Boase Spinning Company. Sidlaw Industries Limited purchased a controlling interest in the company in 1972, buying the company outright in 1973. South Mills (Textiles) became a dormant company in 1984.


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Acquisition Information

The records were deposited by Sidlaw Group PLC in 1980, 1993 and 1994 (AccM/112, AccM/131, AccM/295, AccM/310).

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