Scope and Content

  • Private ledgers 1858-1904
  • Reports submitted to the Board of Directors of Mirrlees, Watson, Yaryan & Co (later Mirlees Watson Co Ltd) 1899-1900
  • Minute books 1905-1934
  • Coast books 1931-1946
  • Schedules 1946-1965

Administrative / Biographical History

The firm of Blair, Campbell & McLean was established in 1838  and by 1870  occupied premises at Scotland Street, Glasgow, Scotland. Initially the company specialised in sugar machinery, but later it moved into the production of all types of copper goods, including those for the distilling, brewing and confectionery industries. In 1904,  the business moved to Woodville Street, Glasgow, and was incorporated as a limited company, Blair Campbell & McLean Ltd . In the 1920s,  the company opened a London office and in 1930  it became known as Blairs Ltd . In 1945  the ordinary share capital of Blairs Ltd was acquired by The Mirrlees Watson Co Ltd , sugar machinery manufacturers, but the two companies continued to trade independently. Blairs Ltd ceased trading in 1977.


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Updated by Jenny Cooknell , Assistant Archivist, 17 September 1999

Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 25 April 2002

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