Records of Shirlaw Allan, industrial auctioneers, Hamilton, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Sales catalogues 1882-1972.

Administrative / Biographical History

Shirlaw Allan was established c1880  at Hamilton, Scotland, and was a leading Scottish industrial auctioneer company. With industrial auctioneering becoming an increasingly competitive market, Shirlaw Allan merged with J A Cathcart in 1998  to form the present day company of Shirlaw Cathcart Ltd which is based in Glasgow, Scotland.

Details of machinery and equipment supplied by Shirlaw Allan to different businesses have been fully listed on an Access database called Shirlaw_Alan_Machinery_Index_1882-1978, which is available to readers in the public searchroom at Glasgow University Archive Services.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposit: Mr William Lind: 1981

Other Finding Aids

Access database available to readers in the public searchroom at Glasgow University Archive Services.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History



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Related Material

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Location of Originals

This material is original


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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names


Collection catalogued by Vikki Laidlaw, Hub Project Assistant, 24 February 2005 (fonds level description) and by members of Glasgow University Archive Services staff (lower level descriptions). Converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 24 February 2005.


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