Records of the Gourock Ropeworks Export Co Ltd, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Financial records 1903-1933;
  • Export book 1931-1933;
  • Memorandum and articles of association 1903;
  • Certificate of incorporation 1903;
  • Correspondence 1906;
  • Power of attorney for John Kerr to act as agent in Buenos Aires, Argentina 1907;
  • Correspondence concerning extraordinary general meeting 1923;
  • Jurnal 1903-1909.

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Gourock Ropeworks Export Co Ltd, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland, was created as a wholly owned subsidiary of the  Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd, Port Glasgow. The company was registered in  1903  to act as general exports and importers and trade in merchandise of all kinds beyond just the rope and canvas products of the Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd. The company also took over the Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd branches in Australia and South Africa. In  1923  a resolution at an Extraordinary Meeting of the company voted that the company continue to exist for another 20 years, even if the company was no longer trading, at which point it would be wound up. The records are unclear, but it is assumed that the company ceased to exist in  1943  by which time much of the firm's work was being undertaken by individual subsidiary companies of the Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd.

Sources: GB 248 UGD 42/6/3/9 Memorandum and articles of association of Gourock Ropework Export Co (1903); GB 248 UGD 42/6/3/13 Special resolution for EGM to continue company (1923)


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Acquisition Information

Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd : Port Glasgow : c.1971

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Custodial History

The bulk of this material was received directly from the creator by the Economic History Department, Glasgow University in c1971. Management of the collection transferred to Glasgow University Archives in 1975.


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Related Material

GB 0248 UGD 42 Records of Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd

The Gourock Ropeworks Co had a number of subsidiary companies whose records survive:

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/1 Records of Govan Ropeworks Co Ltd

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/2 Records of Archibald Thomson Black & Co

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/4 Records of Gourock-Bridport Ltd (Montreal)

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/5 Records of Greenock Ropework Co

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/6 Records of Gourock Ropes and Canvas (Africa) Ltd

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/7 Records of Gourock Ropes and Canvas Co Ltd, Australia (including Birkmyre Canvas Co Pty Ltd)

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/8 Records of Birkmyre Brothers (Calcutta) Ltd

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/9 Records of Gourock Ropes & Canvas Ltd, New Zealand

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/10 Records of Gourock Ropes & Canvas Ltd, Argentina

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/12 Records of miscellaneous companies related to the Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd

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