Company: Pettigrew & Stephens Ltd

Company name: Pettigrew & Stephens Ltd
Dates in business: 1904-1955

Type of business: department store retailers

Type of company: Public limited liability company

  • Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland

Management of company

In 1904, Andrew Hislop Pettigrew was in sole charge of the company. In 1925, he sold all the ordinary shares of the company to Austin Friars Investment Trust Ltd, of London, and resigned as chairman. John Campbell, the managing director, succeeded him as chairman.

Company history

The company was founded in 1888 as Pettigrew & Stephens. It was registered as a public limited liability company in 1904 with registered offices at 191 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. The store sold a wide range of goods, including clothes, millinery, confectionery, carpets, furniture, ironmongery and china. In 1914, it was massively extended becoming the largest department store in Scotland. In 1923, it was extended again, with the addition of a specialist men's department. In 1926, Pettigrew & Stephens Ltd was acquired by the Scottish Drapery Corporation Ltd, a management holding company, of Edinburgh. In 1952, the Scottish Drapery Corporation Ltd and its subsidiaries were acquired by House of Fraser Ltd, department store retailers, of Glasgow. In 1955, Pettigrew & Stephens Ltd went into voluntary liquidation and its business was merged with House of Fraser Ltd.

Records held for Pettigrew & Stephens Ltd:

FRAS 108
Title: Minutes of meetings of board of directors and general meetings of shareholders
Date: 1914-1954
FRAS 109
Title: Minutes of general meetings of shareholders
Date: 1920-1954
Includes annual reports and statements of account, 1944-1954.
FRAS 774
Title: Papers relating to extraordinary general meeting of shareholders
Date: 1955
FRAS 775
Title: Notes of transfers of shares
Date: 1952-1953
FRAS 112
Title: Licences and agreements
Date: 1904-1943
FRAS 113
Title: Private ledgers
Date: 1920-1955
FRAS 114
Title: Journals
Date: 1921-1955
Title: Journal
Date: 1954-1954
FRAS 120
Title: Newspaper advertisement for great rummage sale
Date: September 1904
FRAS 773
Title: Newspaper cuttings relating to 50th anniversary of company
Date: October 1938
FRAS 118
Title: Certificates of participation in National Scheme for Employment of Disabled Ex-Service Men
Date: 1922, 1924
FRAS 116
Title: Papers relating to terms and conditions of employment of John Campbell, chairman and managing director
Date: 1925
FRAS 117
Title: Correspondence on dismissal of employee for theft
Date: 1933
FRAS 783
Title: Staff guide
Date: c 1950s
FRAS 115/2-4
Title: Valuations of property in Sauchiehall Street and Bath Street, Glasgow
Date: 1904-1919
FRAS 586
Title: Papers relating to purchase of and loans on property in Sauchiehall Street and Bath Street, Glasgow
Date: 1911-1944
FRAS 771
Title: Exhibition boards on history of Dalys and Pettigrew & Stephens
Date: c 1970s
FRAS 784
Title: Advertisement for Pettigrews
Date: 1959
FRAS 714/2
Title: Publication entitled The House of Fraser
Date: 1964
Contains image of Pettigrews' gentlemen's hairdressing department.
FRAS 119
Title: Pettigrews paper bag
Date: c 1970s
FRAS 785
Title: Pettigrews' store cash book
Date: 1971-1974

Related People and Companies:

Corporation name: Pettigrew & Stephens
Dates of connection: 1904
Connection type: Pettigrew & Stephens was incorporated as Pettigrew & Stephens Ltd in 1904.
Corporation name: Scottish Drapery Corporation Ltd
Dates of connection: 1926-1952
Connection type: Pettigrew & Stephens Ltd was acquired by the Scottish Drapery Corporation Ltd in 1926.
Corporation name: House of Fraser Ltd
Dates of connection: 1952-1955
Connection type: Pettigrew & Stephens Ltd was acquired by House of Fraser Ltd, as a subsidiary of the Scottish Drapery Corporation Ltd, in 1952.

Access points: Department stores - Drapers - Retail trade

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