Records of David Gavin & Co, merchants, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Letter book 1755-1766

Administrative / Biographical History

David Gavin was a merchant, trading through a number of European ports such as Rotterdam and Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and Dunkirk in France, as well as in Scotland and England. During the years 1755-1766  the major commodities with which he dealt were tea, wine and spirits and fine cloth such as lawn and cambric as well as British linen. In 1758  , David Gavin bought the estate of Langton in Berwickshire, Scotland (now part of Borders, Scotland) from Sir Alexander Cockburn. His grandson was John, second Marquis of Breadalbane.


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Acquisition Information

Loan : Thomson, Dickson & Shaw, WS and JA Campbell & Lamond, CS, Edinburgh : prior to 1966

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Digital file level list available in searchroom.

Manual file level list available at the National Register of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)1716)

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Custodial History

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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Material in other repositories:

GB 800001 Accounts and papers 1746-1767 (Private, enquiries to the National Register of Archives in Scotland)


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Additional Information

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Updated by Lesley Richmond , Acting Director, 3 March 2000