Records of Cowal Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Board papers 1973-1979
  • Directors' reports and accounts 1974-1982
  • Directors' correspondence files 1968-1983
  • Purchase orders, invoices, details of orders and work in progress transferred from Cowal Engineering to John G Kincaid & Co Ltd , 31 December 1979

Administrative / Biographical History

Manufacturers of maritime equipment and general onshore engines, Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland .

Mitchell Swire Ltd , Greenock, incorporated in 1969, was made up of two companies, Cowal Engineering Co Ltd , Greenock, and James Mitchell & Son Co Ltd . In 1973, Scott Lithgow Ltd , shipbuilders, Greenock, took over Mitchell Swire Ltd . Scott Lithgow's holding company renamed Mitchell Swire Ltd as Cowal Engineering Co Ltd and broke up James Mitchell & Son Co Ltd to form two companies, Inchgreen Engineering Co Ltd and Greenock Engineering Co Ltd .

Cowal Engineering Co Ltd developed with the transfer in 1975 of the manufacturer of the Newark stern gland propeller shaft seals from Newark Ferguson Ltd , Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, following the latter's take-over by Scott Lithgow Ltd .

In 1977, Cowal Engineering was nationalised as part of British Shipbuilders in the Scott Lithgow Group. In December 1979, Cowal Engineering Co Ltd was closed following the transfer by British Shipbuilders of the company's assets, business and labour force to J G Kincaid and Co Ltd , marine engineers, Greenock.


This material is arranged into series, which consist of numbers of items related by function and/or format. Within series, the items are generally arranged chronologically.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

National Archives of Scotland : 1994

Held under the charge and superintendence of the Keeper of the Records of Scotland

Other Finding Aids

Manual file level list of the Scott Lithgow Group collection available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

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Conditions Governing Use

Requests for large scale copying must be referred to the Keeper of the Records of Scotland

Any requests to publish or reproduce documents from the collection must be referred to the Keeper of the Records of Scotland

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with National Archives of Scotland procedures

Custodial History

Records held by Scott Lithgow Ltd prior to their acquisition by the National Archives of Scotland


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Related Material

See source list on Shipping and Shipbuilding Industry available via the Glasgow University Archive Services homepage

GB 248 GD 319 Records of Scotts' Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd

GB 248 GD 320 Records of Lithgows Ltd

GB 248 GD 323/1 Records of Scott Lithgows Ltd

GB 248 GD 323/13 Records of Lithgows Ltd

GB 243 TD 842 Records of John G Kincaid & Co Ltd , marine engineers Greenock (Glasgow City Archives)


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Additional Information

This material is original

The fonds level of description wascompiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 12 October 2001

No alterations made to date

Geographical Names