- Plans 1849-1876
- Miscellaneous volumes 1892-1966
- Invoice books 1900-1902
- Letterbooks 1903-1936
- Order book 1916
- Quotation books 1919-1921
- Incoming letter files 1926-1936
- Quantities book 1933-1934
Records of Mirrlees Watson Co Ltd, sugar machinery manufacturers, Glasgow, Scotland
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- ReferenceGB 248 UGD 062; GB 248 UGD 202
- Dates of Creation1849-1966
- Name of Creator
- Physical Description7.7 metresThere are no physical characteristics that affect the use of this material
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Smith Mirrlees has its origins in the partnership of P & W McOnie , which was founded in 1840 to manufacture sugar machinery. In 1848 William McOnie retired from the firm and James Buchanan Mirrlees entered into partnership with Peter McOnie to form McOnie & Mirrlees . In 1850 Peter McOnie died and J B Mirrlees continued the business with William Tait (died 1870 ). In 1851 the firm consequently became known as Mirrlees & Tait and then in 1868 it became Mirrlees, Tait & Watson following the arrival on of a new partner, William Renny Watson (died 1900 ). In 1882 two further partners were taken on, R A Robertson and J G Hudson and the company became known as Mirrlees, Watson & Co . This development was accompanied by the establishment of an associated company Watson, Laidlaw & Co. This firm was based at Dundas Street, Glasgow, Scotland, and was responsible for developing the firm's interest in centrifugal machines, following their purchase of David McColley Weston's patent. In Mirrlees, Watson & Co 1889 took over the Yaryan Co (with the exclusion of that company's business in USA, Canada and Cuba) and became a limited liability company, Mirrlees, Watson & Yaryan Co Ltd . The company later changed to using the title The Mirrlees Watson Co Ltd . In 1945 the company acquired Blairs Ltd , although the two continued to trade independently. In around A & W Smith & Co Ltd 1966 acquired the name and machinery rights of The Mirrlees Watson Co Ltd , later becoming known as Smith Mirrlees .
This material is arranged into eight series as described in the scope and content note. The plans are listed under the reference GB 248 UGD 0202 and all the rest of the material is listed under the reference GB 248 UGD 062
Gift : Mirlees Watson Co Ltd, Glasgow : prior to 1966
Other Finding Aids
GB 248 UGD 062 file level list available in searchroom.
Manual file level list available at the National Register of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)1752) and London (NRA10851).
GB 248 UGD 202 file level database available in searchroom.
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Records deposited with Economic History Department, Glasgow University, prior to 1966. Management of the collection transferred to Glasgow University Archives in 1975.
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Updated by Lesley Richmond , Acting Director, 3 March 2000
Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 1 March 2002