Records of Watson Laidlaw & Co Ltd, engineers and machinery manufacturers, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Photographs, early 20th century;
  • Chart of sugar machinery manufacturers, 1938.

Administrative / Biographical History

Watson Laidlaw & Co was established in 1883 as an associated company of Mirrlees Watson & Co. The firm was based at Dundas Street, Glasgow, Scotland, and was responsible for developing Mirrlees Watson's interest in centrifugal machines, following their purchase of David McColley Weston's patent. The company specialised in manufacturing centrifugal machines, hydro-extractors and separators for the sugar, dairy, chemical, laundry and textile industries.

Watson Laidlaw & Co became a private company in 1907 and was made public in 1949. The company was still in operation until at least the 1960s, however no longer exists today.

Source: Grace's Guide


Listed by box. Items are generally listed in their original order.

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to the Data Protection Act 1998

Acquisition Information

Deposit : 18 Sep 2013 : ACCN 3796


Collection box listed by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 1 Oct 2012. Collection level description created by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 12 Mar 2014

Other Finding Aids

File list available by request to the Duty Archivist

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Text-block in ACCN 3796/1/1 is starting to detach from bindings. One of the duplicate photos in ACCN 3796/1/2 is worn and torn.

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

Related Material

GB 0248 UGD 062; GB 048 UGD 202: Records of Mirrlees Watson Co Ltd, sugar machinery manufacturers, Glasgow, Scotland

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