Records of Markinch Co-operative Society

Scope and Content

The collection contains the business records of the firm and so includes wages books, share ledgers, dividend books, bank ledgers, cash statements, and general papers relating to stocktaking and trading for Markinch and Falkland branches.

Administrative / Biographical History

A co-operative society is a society established on the basis of a joint-stock association, for the production of commodities, or their purchase and distribution for consumption, or for the borrowing and lending of capital among its members. The society will often operate a co-operative store where the members make their purchases and share in the profits or losses.


1-6 Wages books, 1904-1925;1-6 Wages books, 1904-1925;7-9 Share ledgers, 1905-1927;7-9 Share ledgers, 1905-1927;10-13 Dividend books, 1926-1928;10-13 Dividend books, 1926-1928;14-17 Share summary and dividend books, 1932-1934;14-17 Share summary and dividend books, 1932-1934;18-21 Savings bank ledgers, 1916-1930;18-21 Savings bank ledgers, 1916-1930;22 Savings bank deposits 1927-1928;22 Savings bank deposits 1927-1928;23 Interest book 1927-1934;23 Interest book 1927-1934;24 General cash abstract book, 1921-1929;24 General cash abstract book, 1921-1929;25 Transfers to branches, 1935-1936;25 Transfers to branches, 1935-1936;26 Club contributions, 1933-1936;26 Club contributions, 1933-1936;27-33 Falkland branch, cash statements, 1962-1968;27-33 Falkland branch, cash statements, 1962-1968;34 Falkland grocery, goods received, 1939-1940;34 Falkland grocery, goods received, 1939-1940;35-36 Falkland grocery, stocktaking book, 1961-1963;35-36 Falkland grocery, stocktaking book, 1961-1963;37 Falkland ironmongery stocktaking book, 1960-1963;37 Falkland ironmongery stocktaking book, 1960-1963;38 Falkland branch transfers to central drapery, 1938-1943;38 Falkland branch transfers to central drapery, 1938-1943;39 Box of miscellaneous papers.

Access Information

By appointment with the Archivist. Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted. Special conditions apply to photographs.

Acquisition Information

Deposited at the Library of the University of St Andrews through Professor T.C. Smout in 1990.


Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project.

Other Finding Aids

Brief handlist is available in Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.