Records of the North British Railway Co., Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

The records of the  North British Railway Co relate mainly to legal matters. This includes the purchase of land and land disputes in the Stobcross, Partick and Yorkhill areas of Glasgow.

  • North British Railway Act 1844
  • Half yearly reports 1868-1872
  • Land records 1866-1872
  • Legal case records 1866-1872
  • Stobcross estate records 1866-1870
  • Notices regarding other railway lines 1863-1874
  • Balance sheets 1904
  • Rules and regulations for the guidance and officers of men 1921-1922
  • Parliamentary session book 1865-1866

Administrative / Biographical History

The  North British Railway Co , Edinburgh, Scotland, was formed in  1844  and was the name chosen by the promoters of a proposed line from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Berwick-on-Tweed, England. The line opened in 1846 and provided a service between Berwick and Edinburgh with a branch between Longniddry and Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland. Later expansions and acquisitions provided lines to Glasgow, Stirling, Dundee, Hamilton, Peebles, Galashiels, Aberdeen, St Andrews in Scotland, and Carlisle, England. The company purchased the  Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway Co in  1865  . Ultimately this company owned the largest track mileage of any Scottish railway company. It became part of the London & North East Railway in  1923  , stretching from London, England, to Lossiemouth, Scotland. The company was nationalised as part of British Rail in 1948.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Loan : Mitchells, Johnston & Co : Glasgow : prior to 1966

Other Finding Aids

The archive forms part of the Scottish Railways Collection held by Glasgow University Archive Services, finding aid reference GB 248 UGD 008

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)1631) and London (NRA21659)

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

Held by  Mitchells, Johnston & Co , solicitors, Glasgow


None expected

Related Material

GB 248 UGD 008 The Scottish Railway Collection

GB 234 BR/NBR Records of the North British Railway Co (National Archives of Scotland)

GB 254 MS 17 Legal papers and correspondence of the North British Railway Co (Dundee University Archives)

GB 243 TD 545 Diagram book of North British Railway Co (Glasgow City Archives)

GB 066 Staff Records of the North British Railway Co (The National Archives, Kew)

GB 234 BR/GNS Records of the Great North Scotland Railway (National Archives of Scotland)

GB 231 2541 Ledgers, balance books, letter book, wages and staff records of Great North Scotland Railway (Aberdeen University, Special Libraries and Archives)

GB 183 DT/NER2 Records of the London & North East Railway Co (Tyne & Wear Archives)

GB 756 Civil engineerings drawings, signalling drawings, architectural plans and track plans of the London & North East Railway Co (National Railway Museum Library and Archives)

For contact details of all repositories with a GB code, see the  Archon repository search page


J R Kellet,Railways and Victorian Cities(London, 1979)

Additional Information

This material is original

Revised by Lesley Richmond, Director of Archive Services, 26 April 2002