Records of Butters' Brothers & Co Ltd, crane manufacturers, Glasgow

Scope and Content

  • Production records, 1898-1980;
  • Financial records, 1915-1972;
  • Administrative records, 1926-1974;
  • Staff records, 1937-1964;
  • Photographs, nd-1980.

Administrative / Biographical History

The firm of Butters' Brothers & Co Ltd was founded in 1867 by Michael and Archibald Butters at premises in Howard Street, Glasgow. In 1898 they moved to 195 McLelland Street and in the 1930s they opened branch works in London . In 1963 the company became a member of the Thomas W Ward engineering group of Sheffield, England. The firm manufactured all types of cranes but especially the Scots pole derrick crane.

  • It was involved with the following subsidiaries;
  • Steel Construction Co Ltd, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire;
  • The Forth & Clyde Foundry, Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire;
  • The Abbot Engineering Co Ltd.

In 1980 Butters' Brothers & Co Ltd was closed and went into voluntary liquidation.


This material is arranged into series, which consist of numbers of items related by format and/or function. Within series, the items are generally arranged chronologically.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Butters' Brothers & Co Ltd, 1980

Other Finding Aids

Digital file list available in the searchroom or by request.

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)2496) and London (NRA21018).

Alternative Form Available

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Conditions Governing Use

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures.

Custodial History

Received directly from creator.


None expected

Related Material

  • GB 0248 UGD 140 James Lamont & Co Ltd;
  • GB 0199, TW 193-195, Butters' Brothers & Co Ltd Corporate records 1939-1975 held at Sheffield Archives.

Location of Originals

This material is original


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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and 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 Jenny Cooknell, Assistant Archivist, 19 July 1999 (fonds level description) and by members of Glasgow University Archive Services staff (lower level descriptions). Converted to Encoded Archival Description by Victoria Stobo, Retroconversion Cataloguing Assistant, 15 May 2012. Edited by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 22 June 2012 and Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 8 October 2012.

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