Records of Mitchells, Johnston & Co, solicitors, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

These papers represent the working papers and reference materials used and collected during the railway business of Mitchells, Johnston & Co.

Administrative / Biographical History

The legal firm of Mitchells, Johnston & Co , founded by Thomas Grahame in c1745  , and were appointed the University of Glasgow's law agents in 1776  . In the 1830s  the company became deeply involved with railway work. This was a major concern of James Mitchell and, later, his cousin and partner, Alexander Oswald Mitchell. The firm was involved with many of the early Scottish railway lines subsequently absorbed by the Caledonian Railway or the North British Railway Co , and in acting as agents for these companies, amassed a large collection of papers relating to railway cases.


The material is arranged into series as shown in the scope and content.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Loan : Mitchells, Johnston & Co : Glasgow : prior to 1966

Other Finding Aids

The archive forms part of the Scottish Railways Collection held by Glasgow University Archive Services, finding aid reference GB 248 UGD 008

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)1631) and London (NRA21659)

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Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

Held by Mitchells, Johnston & Co , solicitors, Glasgow. The material forms part of the GB 248 UGD 008 Scottish Railway Collection.


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Related Material

GB 248 UGD 008 The Scottish Railway Collection

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J R Kellet,Railways and Victorian Cities(London, 1979)

Additional Information

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