Records of Alexander, Fergusson & Co Ltd, lead workers and paint manufacturers, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minute books directors meetings, 1897-1964
  • Agenda books, 1933-1968
  • Register of directors, 1901-1946
  • Private journals, 1897-1983
  • Private ledgers, 1897-1974
  • Register of transfers and annual summary of capital 1918-1983
  • Share ledgers, 1897-1965
  • Accounts and balance sheets, 1941-1966
  • Cash book, 1914-19362
  • Salaries book, 1920-1953
  • OP book, 1924-1946
  • Contracts of co-partnery, 1882-1993
  • Plans, c 1960-1979
  • Miscellaneous photographs, c1952-1965
  • 2 tins of paints, 20th century

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander, Fergusson & Co was established as a partnership between Henry Alexander and Alexander Andrew Fergusson, in c1854  in Glasgow, Scotland. The company initially carried on a business smelting lead ore and manufacturing lead sheet and pipe. The partnership was expanded under new contracts of co-partnery to include three employees as well as the founding partners in 1882  . At this time, the company was trading as Alexander, Fergusson & Co, lead and colour manufacturers and metal merchants. Much of the lead business was carried out at their premises in McAlpine Street, Glasgow, while the lead and paint business was carried out at their premises in Ruchill Street, Maryhill, Glasgow. The firm was incorporated in 1897  and thereafter traded as Alexander, Fergusson & Co Ltd . The company appears to have moved its registered office from McAlpine Street, Glasgow, to Ruchill Street, Glasgow, in c1906.

Alexander, Fergusson & Co Ltd operated through a number of agencies within the UK and also overseas from c1908. Prior to the 1939-1945 World War, the company acquired the Clyde Lead Works in Kinning Park, Glasgow, which primarily carried out work in lead refining and rolling. In 2002  , Alexander, Fergusson and Co Ltd was dormant although still registered in Glasgow.


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Acquisition Information

Cookson Industrial Materials Ltd: 3 March 1989

Indefinite Loan : private depositor : 30 March 1994 : ACCN207 (Additional deposit)

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Revised by Elaine MacGillivray, volunteer, 4 November 2002

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