Records of miscellaneous companies related to the Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd, rope makers and textile manufacturers, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • General reports on overseas branches 1934;
  • Correspondence relating to the liquidation of factory in Lima, Peru 1934;
  • General correspondence with Filamento Sinteticos of Lima 1961-1963;
  • Correspondence and reports from J Lomax & Sons (Bolton) Ltd 1945-1946;
  • Correspondence, reports and accounts from Edward MacBean & Co Ltd 1962-1966.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd, rope makers and textile manufacturers, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland, owned a number of subsidiary companies both in the UK and abroad. These companies produced rope, cordage and textile good including the Birkmyre waterproof cloth that had been patented by the company.

J Lomax & Sons (Bolton) Ltd, Bolton, England, was established in 1849 and taken over as a wholly owned subsidiary in 1945 by Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd. The company produced tents, covers, mill bags, sunblinds and newsbags. The plant was still operational in 1954 and it is unknown as to when the company ceased trading.

Edward MacBean & Co Ltd, waterproof clothing manufacturers, Port Dundas, Glasgow, Scotland also produced goods for the Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd.


This material is arranged into series as shown in the scope and content. Within series, items are generally arranged chronologically.

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Acquisition Information

Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd : Port Glasgow : c.1971

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Custodial History

The bulk of this material was received directly from the creator by the Economic History Department, Glasgow University in c1971. Management of the collection transferred to Glasgow University Archives in 1975.


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Related Material

GB 0248 UGD 42 Records of Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd

The Gourock Ropeworks Co had a number of subsidiary companies whose records survive:

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/1 Records of Govan Ropeworks Co Ltd

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/2 Records of Archibald Thomson Black & Co

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/3 Records of Gourock Ropeworks Export Co

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/4 Records of Gourock-Bridport Ltd, Montreal, Canada

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/5 Records of Greenock Ropework Co

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/6 Records of Gourock Ropes and Canvas (Africa) Ltd

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/7 Records of Gourock Ropes and Canvas Co Ltd, Australia (including Birkmyre Canvas Co Pty Ltd)

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/8 Records of Birkmyre Brothers (Calcutta) Ltd

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/9 Records of Gourock Ropes & Canvas Ltd, New Zealand

GB 0248 UGD 42/6/10 Records of Gourock Ropes & Canvas Ltd, Argentina

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