Lewis C Grant & Co Ltd, Dunnikier Foundry, Dysart

Scope and Content

General legal and administrative records 1846-1923; financial records 1918-1961; letter books and miscellaneous files 1887-1956; memoranda books and diaries kept by Lewis C Grant c.1924-1952; production and technical records 1854-1942; catalogues 1909-1964; photographs 1873-1921; company files 1951-1987; miscellaneous papers 1863-1951.

Administrative / Biographical History

The origin of the firm can be traced to the Stratheden Foundry, Cupar, in which Robert Douglas bought shares in the early 1830s. By the 1850s some general foundry work was being carried out in Kirkcaldy and by the 1870s, the partnership of Douglas and (Lewis) Grant was specialising in the manufacture of steam engines. In the early twentieth century the firm diversified into the production of rice-milling machinery for export and in 1912 established branches in Rangoon, Saigon and Tanjore to develop this market. Douglas & Grant was incorporated as a limited company in the same year.

In 1926 the original firm went into voluntary liquidation and was re-organised as Lewis C Grant. This company was incorporated in 1951.


Records are arranged chronologically within series.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

Details of the original accession are unknown. Additional records were deposited by the company in 1987 and 1991 (AccM/239, AccM/276).


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

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