Papers of Charles Gairdner, 1836-1892, banker, Glasgow, Scotland

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  • Personal and financial papers (including some belonging to Gairdner's son, 1836-1918;
  • Correspondence regarding the bank, 1883-1890.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Gairdner was born in 1824. At the age of 38, the Union Bank of Scotland employed him in as joint manager, following his work with the Western Bank, first as liquidator, then as principal. He became sole general manager of the Union Bank in 1865 on the retiral of James Robertson, and remained in the position until his own retirement in 1895, during which time he was awarded an honorary LLD from Glasgow University. He was one of the foremost writers on banking theory in 19th Century Scotland. He died in 1899 at the age of 75.


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GB 0248 DC 18, Papers of Agnes Gairdner.

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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

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

Fonds level description compiled by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, and Elva McLean, Archives Volunteer, 15 January 2013. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, 15 January 2013.

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