Records of Amalgamated Tea Estates Co Ltd

Scope and Content


  • Reports and accounts;
  • Correspondence;
  • Accounting records;
  • Bill books;
  • Staff and salary books;
  • Property records;
  • Minute books;
  • Assam map;
  • Certificates of incorporation;
  • Agreements;
  • Corporate records.

Administrative / Biographical History

Amalgamated Tea Estates Co Ltd, tea planters,  Glasgow, Scotland, was formed in  1896  (though appears to have staff records dating back to  1892 ), was a subsidiary of  James Finlay & Co Ltd, textile manufacturers, tea planters, and merchants,  Glasgow, Scotland and was one of the 'Finlay Group' of tea companies. It had for its purpose the consolidation of various tea estates in  Darjiling,  Assam, and  Sylhet in India, and in Sri Lanka. Many of its estates had been in the agency of  Finlay, Muir & Co Ltd, agents, and merchants,  Calcutta, India, which had built up a strong position in the tea world. It had been  Sir John Muir, senior partner in  James Finlay & Co Ltd, who had seen the possibilities for investment in the tea industry, which led to the formation of the four companies known as the  Finlay Group: Amalgamated Tea Estates Co Ltd, tea planters,  Glasgow,  1896 ;  The Consolidated Tea & Lands Co Ltd, tea planters,  Edinburgh, Scotland,  1896 ;  The Kanan Devan Hills Produce Co Ltd, tea planters,  Glasgow,  1897 ; and  The Anglo-American Direct Tea Trading Co Ltd, tea planters,  Edinburgh,  1898 . This radically altered the basis of  James Finlay & Co Ltd from a firm with its principal interest in cotton in Scotland to a firm with its principal interests in tea and jute in India. As of  2002  the company was still a non-trading subsidiary of  James Finlay plc.


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Related Material

For minutes of directors, see GB 248 UGD 091/1/1/1/4/2/1-28, which relates to all the tea companies. See also GB 248 UGD 091/1/2/2/2 and UGD 091/1/4/7/2/1.

Material in other repositories: GB 059 Finlay Campbell & Co and Finlay Muir & Co (British Library: Oriental and India Office Collections)


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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by members of Glasgow University Archive Services staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant (Cataloguing), May 2012. Additional material catalogued and converted into Encoded Archival Description by Peter Morphew, Cataloguing Archivist, January 2016.