Thomas Bell & Sons (Of Dundee) Ltd, Jute Spinners and Manufacturers, Dundee

Scope and Content

Minutes 1890-1933; letter books 1914-1923; ledgers 1917-1921; shareholding records 1890-1928; miscellaneous loose papers 1887-1936; tradesmen's time books 1939-1942; balance sheets 1910-1932.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1780 Thomas Bell and Alexander Balfour formed the company Bell & Balfour. In 1833 this firm was dissolved and Thomas Bell was joined by his sons Thomas and William in Thomas Bell & Sons, who erected Belmont Works. Another son, James, joined the firm when it became a limited company in 1863, the first Dundee firm to do so. Heathfield Works was added in 1889. In 1920 it amalgamated with other jute firms to form Jute Industries Ltd. Products included hessians, jute, tarpaulines, flax and jute, roofing canvas and 'scenic' canvas. It went into voluntary liquidation in 1933.


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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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