Archibald F. Donaldson

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Archibald Falconer Donaldson (1841–1907) was the principal partner of Glasgow shipping firm Donaldson Brothers, which was founded in 1854 by his two older brothers. He had joined his brothers' firm aged 17. 1 The firm sailed the 'River Plate' or Argentinian trade route from the Clyde. They constructed their first iron ship, 'Miami', in 1867, followed by their first steamship, 'Astarte', in 1873. 2

Archibald lived at Broompark House, Largs from at least 1883, before acquiring the neighbouring Rockland in around 1889. 3 In 1892 he married Jane Gillibrand Lee (1858–1925), a nurse, whom he had previously employed and with whom he had two sons and a daughter. 4

Donaldson died at Largs in 1907, leaving an estate of 253,462. His nephew, William Betts Donaldson, subsequently became director of the family firm. 5

Notes:

1: Scotsman, 19 September 1907, p. 4; Glasgow Herald, 19 September 1907, p. 6; Anthony Slaven, 'William Betts Donaldson', Scottish Dictionary of Business Biography, vol. 2, Aberdeen: University Press, 1990, p. 274.

2: Scotsman, 19 September 1907, p. 4; 'Donaldson Brothers 1866–1967' company records held at Glasgow City Archives at the Mitchell Library.

3: Glasgow Herald, 13 October 1883, p. 3; Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1889–90, p. 229.

4: Census and probate information, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 21 October 2012]; birth, marriage and death information, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 21 October 2012]; Anthony Slaven, 'William Betts Donaldson', Scottish Dictionary of Business Biography, vol. 2, Aberdeen: University Press, 1990, p. 274.

5: Scotsman, 7 Februrary 1908, p. 5; Anthony Slaven, 'William Betts Donaldson', Scottish Dictionary of Business Biography, vol. 2, Aberdeen: University Press, 1990, p. 274.