Records of George Bruce and Co., seed-merchants, Aberdeen

Scope and Content

Business records of George Bruce and Co., seed-merchants, Aberdeen, c 1870 - c 1973, comprising general ledgers, 1891 - 1905; stock books, c 1920 - c 1970; debtors: sales ledgers, etc., c 1917 - c 1970; bank and cash books, c 1905 - c 1970; creditors: purchase ledgers, etc., c 1910 - c 1970; profit and loss expenses (including insurance, wages and salaries), c 1912 - c 1969; misc. correspondence, 20th c; misc. photographs, 20th c; seed catalogues, 1870 and from 1930s; volume of advertisements and press-cuttings, 20th c.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Bruce and Co. was established in 1818 by George Bruce, previously general merchant at Keig, Whitehouse, Alford, Aberdeenshire. His first premises were in Market Street, Alford, though the business was subsequently moved to Aberdeen, where it operated from Back Hilton Road, and later, 12 Regent Quay. It served an area extending from Carlisle to Orkney. In 1973 the business was taken over by Hamlyns, then situated at 70 Regent Quay, Aberdeen.


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Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in Jun 1973, by James Anderson, of Aberdeen

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Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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Related Material

Records of Thomas Milne, nurseryman, Aberdeen, 1840 - 1863 (GB 231 MS 3395/ 1)


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