Records of Mann Judd Gordon & Co, chartered accountants, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Ledgers 1829-1832
  • Journals 1893-1898
  • Account books 1912-1943
  • Accounts rendered books 1919-1923
  • Cash books 1839-1844
  • Report books 1897-1900
  • Letterbooks 1826-1920
  • Register of clients 1932
  • Business notes index 1852-1860
  • Client files 1736-1973
  • Printed volumes concerning Glasgow public accounts and mining 1818-1925
  • Library catalogue [undated]
  • Company history files c1964
  • Pamphlets and photographs 1891-1977

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Paul began practicing accountancy in Glasgow, Scotland, at some point between  1815  and  1819  . From  1829  he was in partnership with  Robert Aitken trading as  Paul & Aitken , accountants. In  1832  ,  Andrew Harvie also became a partner and continued to run the firm following the departure of  Henry Paul in  1839  , who left to found the  City of Glasgow Bank and was its first manager. From  1832  , the firm traded as Andrew Harvie with Robert Aitken joining the partnership in  1839  . Andrew Harvie died in 1849 and was replaced by his son, George Harvie, who then ran the firm until his own death a year later.

At this time  John Mann, snr , formerly the managing clerk, inherited the business and in  1886  he took into partnership his son,  John Mann, jnr, and  Alexander Thomson and the firm became known as  John Mann & Son . The firm also acted as agents for the Caledonian Insurance Co and  John Mann, jnr, was also the secretary of the  Glasgow Workmen's Dwellings Co Ltd and a partner in  Mann, Wright & Co , accountants, London, England,  between 1890 and 1902  .

In  1906, Harold Godfrey Judd joined as a partner, as did  James A Gordon in  1919  and from this time the firm was known as  Mann Judd Gordon & Co . The firm continued to trade as chartered accountants until the early 1970s but appear to have been defunct by the  1980s  .

Initially the business operated from  Leitch's Court, Trongate, Glasgow , but by  1823  it had moved to  44 Wilson Street, Glasgow .  Between 1825 and 1832  it operated from  52 Miller Street, Glasgow ,  from 1832 to 1865  at  153 Queen Street, Glasgow ,  from 1865 to 1880  at  83 West Regent Street, Glasgow ,  from 1880 to 1886  at  154 St Vincent Street, Glasgow ,  from 1886 to 1898  at  188 St Vincent Street, Glasgow and  from 1898-1902  its offices were at  137 West George Street, Glasgow . Finally, in  1902,  the firm moved to  142 St Vincent Street, Glasgow where it remained until at least  1967  . In  1919,  the firm opened a branch office at  8 Frederick's Place, Old Jewry, London, England and branch offices also operated for a time in England at  Newcastle-upon-Tyne ,  Manchester and  Liverpool . In  1937  a separate partnership was established to operate the London office and in  1945  this partnership was styled  Mann, Judd & Co . This London practice later amalgamated with Touche Ross & Co.

Interim Account of a Going Concern: Some Essays on the History of the Firm of Mann Judd Gordon & Company, Chartered Accountants Glasgow, circa 1817 to 1967, on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of its Foundation(1967, Glasgow)

Habgood, Wendy (ed),Chartered Accountants in England and Wales: A Guide to Historical Records ( 1994  , Manchester )


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Deposit : Moores & Rowland : Glasgow : 1989 : ACCN103*

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Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 4 November 2002; Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 24 August 2016.


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