Partnership agreements 1950-1966; directors’ records c 1990; share records 1912-1986; powers of attorney c1916-1945; government returns 1939-1973; correspondence 1912-1972; confidential instructions and notes c 1920-1970; bills payable book 1953-1966; papers re. investments 1923-1979; jute contract book 1930-1932; tenders log book c.1960-1970; press releases 1976-1992; press cuttings 1979-1988; booklets and brochures c 1950; salary books 1919-1970; wages books 1930-1933; personnel and pension records 1940-1978; property records 1933-1972; photographs c 1970-1985.
Low & Bonar PLC
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Administrative / Biographical History
In 1903 John C. Low and George Bonar entered into a partnership agreement to carry on the business of merchanting jute goods in both home and foreign markets. In 1909, East Port Calender works, a cloth-finishing and bag sewing and printing establishment was acquired. In 1912 the original partnership became incorporated as a Private Limited Company, Low & Bonar Ltd and the share capital of William Fergusson & Sons Ltd was purchased to give the company an interest in jute weaving. In 1924 the company acquired control of Baxter Brothers & Co. Ltd. The Eagle Jute Mills were built in 1930 on the site of the Dens Foundry and engineering works formerly operated by Baxter Brothers.In 1951 with the acquisition of a controlling interest in Bonar Long & Co Ltd, the company diversified into the field of electrical engineering and in 1953 the group’s jute spinning activities were further expanded by the acquisition of Henry Boase & Co.
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The records were deposited by Low & Bonar PLC in 1978 and 2001 (AccM/77, AccM/80 and AccM/464).
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Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, March 2002. Updated by Gary Smith, Archives Assistant, August 2006.