Records of Scott and Sons (Bowling) Ltd, shipbuilding and repair company, Bowling, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Scope and Content

GD 323/5

  • Board papers 1978-1979
  • Directors' reports and accounts 1968-1982
  • Company secretary's files 1958-1984

GD 322

  • Letter books 1945-1963
  • Ledgers, journals and cash books 1857-1967
  • Invoice books 1945-1963
  • Stockbooks 1926-1942
  • Estimates and quotations 1885-1956
  • Contract files for ships nos. 352-453 (not inclusive) 1939-1965
  • Contract day books 1857-1973
  • Salary and wages records 1949-1964
  • Technical data for ships nos. 33-454, 1869-1969
  • Plans for ships nos. 25-454 (not inclusive)
  • Photographs
  • Publicity, press cuttings and historical data 1850-1976
  • Publications including British Ship Research Association reports and Lloyds Register 1959-1970

Administrative / Biographical History

Shipbuilding and repairing company,  Bowling, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Division of Scott Lithgow Ltd formed at the merger of  Scotts' Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland, and  Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland in 1970.

Prior to the merger  Scott and Sons (Bowling) Ltd was a subsidiary of  Scotts' Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd.

Established at the west end of Bowling in 1851, the business traded under numerous names -  Scott, MacGill and Duncan;  Scott and MacGill;  Scott and Co;  Scott and Sons - before being incorporated in 1958 as a limited liability company as  Scott and Sons (Bowling) Ltd.

In 1965, the company was taken over, at their invitation, by  Scotts' Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd. It subsequently became part of the  Scott Lithgow Group following the 1970 merger of  Scotts' Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd and  Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde.

In order to facilitate this merger, Scotts and Sons (Bowling) Ltd was released from  Scotts' Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd to become part of the 1969 group of companies. This group of companies went on to become  Scott Lithgow Ltd.

Nationalised in 1977, the company was placed on care and maintenance by  British Shipbuilders in 1979 and shipbuilding ceased in 1979.


The material is arranged into 2 different sequences, reflecting the piecemeal deposit of the records with the National Archives of Scotland and Glasgow University Archive Services. The three sequences, with the covering dates of the records they include, are:  

  • GB 248 GD 323/5 Records of Scott and Sons (Bowling) Ltd (1958-1984)
  • GB 248 GD 322 Records of Scott and Sons (Bowling) Ltd (1855-1982)

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

Access Information


Acquisition Information

National Archives of Scotland : 1978-1986 (GD 322 only)

National Archives of Scotland : 1994 (GD 323/5 only)

Held under the charge and superintendence of the Keeper of the Records of Scotland

Addition private loan : 1993 (GD 322 only)

Other Finding Aids

Manual file level list of the Scott Lithgow Group collection available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for large scale copying must be referred to the Keeper of the Records of Scotland

Any requests to publish or reproduce documents from the collection must be referred to the Keeper of the Records of Scotland

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard procedures

Custodial History

Records held by Scott Lithgow Ltd prior to their acquisition by the National Archives of Scotland


None expected

Related Material

See source list on Shipping and Shipbuilding Industry available via the  Glasgow University Archive Services homepage

GB 248 GD 319 Records of  Scotts' Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd

GB 248 GD 320 Records of  Lithgows Ltd

GB 248 GD 321 Records of  Ferguson Bros (Port Glasgow) Ltd

GB 248 GD 323/1 Records of  Scott Lithgow Ltd

GB 248 GD 322 Records of  Scott and Sons (Bowling) Ltd

GB 248 GD 323/13 Records of  Lithgows Ltd

GB 248 GD 323/14 Records of  Ferguson Brothers (Port Glasgow) Ltd


There are no known publications using this material

Additional Information

This material is original

The fonds level of description was compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 10 October 2001

No alterations made to date