Records of Thomas McLaren & Co (Glasgow) Ltd, shipbrokers, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Day books 1878-1929;
  • Cash books 1878-1961;
  • Ledgers 1878-1965;
  • Vessel notebooks 1904-1953;
  • Ship registers c1925-1972;
  • Plans c1880-1960.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1867, Thomas McLaren established himself as a broker for the building, purchasing, selling and chartering of steamers and sailing ships with offices in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1882, George Milne became a partner in the firm which became known as Thomas McLaren & Co. By 1898, the company's main office was at Bothwell Street, Glasgow, where they described themselves as, "Brokers for the sale, purchase and construction of steamers of all kinds. Naval Architects. Plans and specifications prepared for cargo steamers, passenger and general cargo steamers, paddle steamers, yachts, launches, dredgers, etc. Shipping Valuators." The company at this point emplyed draughtsman, tracers and two sea captains who were responsible for moving customers' vessels on the river and arranging delivery voyages throughout the world. In 1948 the business was incorporated as Thomas McLaren & Co (Glasgow) Ltd. The company went into decline following the large reduction in coastal shipowning and the acquisition of many shipping companies by larger groups undertaking their own brokerage activity. The company ceased trading in 1974.


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Acquisition Information

Loan: ACCN 0032

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File level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)2605) and London (NRA27346) (UGD 165 only)

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Related Material

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Location of Originals

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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.

Fonds level description compiled by Jenny Cooknell, Assistant Archivist, 9 August 1999. Converted to Encoded Archival Description by Victoria Stobo, Retroconversion Cataloguing Assistant, 15 May 2012. Fonds level description revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 9 May 2002.

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