Records of Barclay & Mathieson Ltd, steel stockholders, Shieldhall, Glasgow, Scotland, 1877-

Scope and Content

  • Private letter books, 1918-1945;
  • Private ledgers, 1918-1947;
  • Private journal, 1930-1952;
  • Cash book, 1949-1954;
  • Credit notes, 1931-1974;
  • Accounts rendered books, 1932-1952;
  • Quotation book, 1937-1945;
  • Order books, 1936-1963;
  • Contract book, 1912-1937;
  • Input and output records, 1934-1942;
  • Goods inward book, 1931-1946;
  • Stock books, 1907-1920.

Administrative / Biographical History

Barclay & Mathieson was established in  1877  at Wallace Street,  Glasgow, Scotland, as a steel stockholding business. The company manufactures steel products for industry, and the records reflect their dealings with many of the prominent shipbuilding, engineering, sugar refining and building companies in the Glasgow area. The partnership of Barclay & Mathieson was bought-out in  1925  by the Dykes family. Following Mr Dykes' death in 1951, his son, Mark Dyke, took over as director along with his brother, until some years later when they agreed to the serving directors "buying-in" to the company, although the Dykes family still maintained a minority shareholding. The company was incorporated as a private limited company in  August 1955  as  Barclay & Mathieson Ltd and moved to its present site at Shieldhall in 1957. Since 1971, the company has pursued a development programme and in 2008 became part of the Stemcor group of companies. It operates 14 depots both in England and Scotland with the main headquarters remaining in Shieldhall, Glasgow.


The material is arranged into series, which consist of numbers of items related by format and/or function. Within series, items are generally arranged chronologically

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposit : M Dykes, Life President of Barclay & Mathieson Ltd : September 1999 : ACCN 1836

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom.

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

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Conditions Governing Use

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

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

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

Previously held by the Dykes family, directors of Barclay & Mathieson Ltd


Accruals possible

Related Material

Balance sheets, and profit & loss accounts, 1918-1920, retained by the depositor

Location of Originals

This material is original


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Fonds level created from an EAD template in MS Word by the running of Visual Basic macros by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist on 26 November 2001. Lower levels catalogued in Encoded Archival Description by Michael Beesley, IMP student cataloguer, November 2012. Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 30 June 2014.

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