Records of John C McKellar & Co Ltd, builders and property factors, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes 1896-1945
  • Registers of members, directors and shareholders 1899-1961
  • Cash books 1896-1964; journals 1896-1965
  • Ledgers 1896-1965
  • Annual returns and balance sheets 1935-1967
  • Memoranda and articles of association 1896-1961
  • Register of bonds and dispositions 1914-1981
  • Statements of intromissions 1943-1982
  • Liquidators correspondence 1968-1981
  • Share and dividend records c1905-1967
  • Bank account records 1962-1966
  • Company rubber stamps, 20th century

Administrative / Biographical History

John Campbell McKellar trained as an architect with James M Munro before starting his own practice at West George Street, Glasgow, Scotland, in 1883  . From 1884, he also acted as a building factor and, in 1888  , he started building speculatively in the Glasgow suburbs of Crossmyloof, Kelvindale and Maryhill. In 1894  , he formed a short-lived partnership with the house factor, John McKellar, which was known as McKellar & McKellar. In 1896  , he was the principal force in the creation of the firm, John C McKellar & Co Ltd, which was established with a capital of £40,000. John Campbell McKellar was the main shareholder in the new company and held the position of managing director. His fellow directors were William Pettigrew, William Hood, Robert Crawford and Alexander Frew. The company built and managed property. Between 1900 and 1906  the firm built around 90 tenements. From 1967  , the company was run by its liquidators, Greenhill & Co, Glasgow. In 2002  , the company was known as John C McKeller Ltd and remained in liquidation.


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

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Permanent loan : Greenhill & Co : Glasgow : c1984 : ACCN 0057

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)

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Custodial History

This material was received from the company's liquidators.


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Additional Information

This material is original

Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 9 July 2002

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