Records of Lancaster Duncan & Co, Calico Merchants and Printers, City of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Sederunt Books 1830-1839;
  • Minutes 1830-1831;
  • Legal Papers 1827-1835;
  • Inventories 1830-1832;
  • Roup 1832;
  • Accounting Books 1830-1831;
  • Financial Papers 1829-1846.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lancaster, Duncan & Co was founded in  1826  in Glasgow, Scotland, by Thomas Lancaster, Archibald Duncan, and James Duncan. Their union was an amalgamation of the Glasgow companies Lancaster & Co and Archibald Duncan & Co. The Lancaster & Co part of the business dealt primarily with the dyeing and printing of fabric, while Archibald Duncan & Co was responsible for weaving. The firm operated as power-loom weavers, dyers, printers and merchants, and traded in calico with India, South America and Australia. They had a factory at Anderston, Glasgow, and a print works at Dalmarnock, Glasgow. The company was sequestrated in  1830 , and it is from this period the vast majority of surviving records come from, although some financial records continued to be created until  1851  concerning the company's creditors and the firm's Trustee, Henry Brock.


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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures. The collection was re-appraised by Lesley Richmond in 2011.

Custodial History

These papers were drawn together by Henry Brock, factor to the trustees of the sequestrated estate of the company.


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Related Material

GB 0234, CS46/1830/4/35, Act and order and decreet of adjudication, Henry Brock v Lancaster Duncan and Co, and others, 1830; GB 0234, CS96/912/1, Lancaster, Duncan and Company, merchants, Glasgow Archibald Duncan, and Company, merchants, Glasgow. Sederunt books; GB 0234, CS96/912/2, Lancaster, Duncan and Company, merchants, Glasgow Archibald Duncan, and Company, merchants, Glasgow. Sederunt books, 1830-1831.

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Additional Information

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

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description and lower level descriptions compiled by Emma Anthony, Assistant Archivist, 31 January 2012. Finding aid created by Emma Anthony, Assistant Archivist, 31 January 2012. Catalogue edited by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 18 July 2012.

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