Records of Biggart Baillie & Gifford, solicitors, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Trust sederunt books;
  • estate papers : Bardowie Estate; Caldarvan Estate ; Gartmore Estate ; Glenreasdell Estate .
  • company records for William Beardmore & Co Ltd ; Biggart & Lumsden ; Cochrane, Stout & Dunlop ; East Park Transport Ltd ; William Gibson & Co ; Fairfield Shipbuilding Co Ltd ; National Shipbuilders Security Ltd ; North British Locomotive Co Ltd ; Overnewton Building Co; Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd
  • records of associations, including: British Nautical Instrument Trade Association; The Clyde Ship Plumbers’ Association; The Clyde Ship Riggers’ Association ; Committee of Scottish Rivet, Bolt and Nut Manufacturers; Dry Dock Owners' and Repairers' Insurance Association; Dry Dock Owners' and Repairers' Insurance Association ; Glasgow District Engine, Boiler and Ship Repairers' Association ; Glasgow Master Boiler & Pipe Coverers' Association ; Hillington Estates Association Minute Book; National Organisation of Welding Employers ; National Welding Employers' Association ; Queenslie and Carntyne Industrial Estate Tenants' Association ; Repairers' Liability Insurance Committee; Scottish Association of Bridge Builders and Structural Engineers; Scottish Association of Controlled Establishments; Scottish Industrial Estates Tenants' Association ; Scottish Insulating Engineers Association ; Scottish Welding Employers' Association.

Administrative / Biographical History

Biggart, Baillie & Gifford was established in 1975 after the amalgamation of two existing firms of solicitors, Biggart, Lumsden, formerly of 105 West George Street, Glasgow, and Baillie and Gifford of Edinburgh. Biggart, Lumsden was an old and well established firm of Glasgow ‘writers’ (solicitors) which had been in operation since at least 1904. They acted for, amongst others, the engineering firm of William Beardmore & Co Ltd, the locomotive builders, North British Locomotive Co Ltd and the shipbuilding company, Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd. The company also amalgamated with Cochrane, Stout & Dunlop, formerly of 178 St Vincent Street Glasgow, c 1975.

Biggart Baillie merged with DWF of Manchester in 2012 to become DWF Biggart Baillie.


The collection is listed to the in-house standard

Access Information

There are some restrictions on the use of the material in this collection. The records of the Caldarven Estate are closed for 25 years from 1992 and the records of Cochrane, Stout & Dunlop are closed for 50 years from 1992.

Bona fide researchers may see this material, but must obtain the permission of Biggart, Baillie & Gifford to use the information in any way.

Acquisition Information

Deposit: Biggart, Baillie & Gifford, solicitors, Glasgow: 1992


Fonds level description compiled by Alison Jasper, Archives Asssitant, 18 March 1998

Updated by Jenny Bunn, Assistant Archivist, 13 March 2000

Updated by Alma Topen, Senior Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 25 January 2013

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

The collection is original

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Archivist's Note

Administrative history incomplete - post 1978 history needs to be researched.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist, or , in the above case, to Messrs Biggart, Baillie & Gifford.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

The collection is likely to remain unaltered.

Custodial History

Held by the company until deposit with GUAS


None expected

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