Don Brothers, Buist & Co. Ltd, Spinners and manufacturers, Dundee and Forfar, and Don & Low (Holdings) Ltd

Scope and Content

Letter books, 1795 1940; ledgers, 1865 1948; journals, 1885 1957; cash books, 1840 1964; balance sheets, 1908-1940; miscellaneous financial records, 1902- 1965; wages and salaries records, 1805 1946; production records, 1933 1953; order books, 1843 1849; contract and specification book, 1926 1940; miscellaneous legal and business papers, 1881 1930; miscellaneous printed books and reports, 1909 1984; scrapbooks, 1881 1969; photographs, 1986 1988; company files, 1904 1987.

Administrative / Biographical History

This company's origins can be traced back to around 1788 when William Don established a linen merchants and manufacturers business in Forfar. In 1865 the company of Don Brothers, Buist was formed when the Don business amalgamated with that of A.J. Buist.As Don Brothers, Buist & Co Ltd, the business amalgamated with Low Brothers & Co (Dundee) Ltd, a merchant house, in 1960, although both companies continued to trade under their former names. The company also expanded by taking over a number of other textile businesses, including J & J Smart (Brechin) Ltd and Moffatt & Son Ltd, as it became one of Scotland's most important textile firms.Don & Low (Holdings) Ltd was formed in March 1987 when Don Brothers, Buist plc reverted to being a private company. This followed the company’s being taken over by Shell UK Ltd.


Records are arranged chronologically within series.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

The records were deposited by the company 1988 - 2001 (AccM/244, AccM/278, AccM/284, AccM/327, AccM/447) and by Professor Chris Whatley, Dundee University Department of History, in 1991 (AccM/272).

Other Finding Aids

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Alternative Form Available

The company files are available on microfiche from Companies Registration Office, Edinburgh.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The records are on paper and microfiche, and include photographs.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.


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