Peter Carmichael of Arthurstone

Scope and Content

Biographical writings c.1891, technical notes 1837-1870, patents 1846-1859, cash books 1874-1924, photograph albums and photographs 1873-1890.

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Carmichael was born in Fife in 1809. His Speyside family forebears were latterly driven from the land by economic conditions. His father was a flax mill manager and his whole life was more or less connected with the production of flax. Educated at Dundee Grammar School, apprenticed at Monifieth Foundry in the making of textile machinery, he worked as an engineer in London and Leeds until 1833. He then returned to Dundee and became mill manager for Baxter Brothers, with which firm he was closely associated until his death in 1891. He became a partner in the firm in 1852, and senior partner in 1872. In 1869 he purchased the estate of Arthurstone near Meigle in Perthshire.

Not only an expert manager of men and inventor of machines, he was also a concerned and active public citizen, a family man with wide interests in nature, religion and church affairs, literature, art etc.


Records are arranged chronologically within series.

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Acquisition Information

The records were deposited by the family in 1989 (AccM/266).


Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, February 2002.

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Related Material

MS 11 Baxter Brothers & Co Ltd contains a notebook and other records relating to Peter Carmichael.

MS 105/XX Shiell and Small: Executries and Trusts


A large percentage of Carmichael's reminiscences and letters, written and edited by Alexander Monfries, tutor to his children, are published in The Dundee Textile Industry, 1790-1885, ed. Enid Gauldie, 1969.

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