Records of Pollok, Gilmour & Co, timber importers and saw-millers, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde and Glasgow

Scope and Content

Administrative, family and property records 1684-1907, financial records 1807-1852.

Family records include sasines, deeds, marriage contracts, inventories and receipted bills for repairs to property, supplies of grain, foodstuffs and ironmongery, servant wages, taxes etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

Founded in  1804  by John Pollok, Allan Gilmour, James Gilmour, Alexander Russell, and Arthur Pollok, the firm of  Pollok, Gilmour & Co was established to trade in Scandinavian timber. The firm set up branches  between 1842 and 1854  in Canada at St John (Robert Rankin & Co) and Miramichi (Gilmour Rankin & Co), New Brunswick, Bathurst, Chaleur Bay (Ferguson Rankin & Co), Montreal (Gilmour & Co) and Quebec (Allan Gilmour & Co); America at New Orleans (Houghton Rankin & Co); and England at Liverpool (Rankin Gilmour & Co). The firm acquired extensive forestlands and was soon operating saw-mills on a large scale. Shipowning became an important feature of the business, the firm eventually owning a very large tonnage.


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Description compiled in line with the following international standards:  International Council on Archives Ad Hoc Commission on Descriptive Standards,ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description Notes and  National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Compiled by  Alison Jasper , Archives Assistant, 12 May 1998

Updated by  Jenny Cooknell , Assistant Archivist, 8 November 1999

Updated by  Lesley Richmond , Acting Director, 3 March 2000


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