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John Poynter & Son

Constitution Copartnership
Date of Formation c.1853
Date of Dissolution Reformed as a limited company after 1885
Office Various, including 72 Great Clyde Street; 8 Princes Square, Glasgow
Oil works Broxburn Paraffin Works (Poynter)

John Poynter is first listed as a chemist and drysalter in the 1831 edition of the Glasgow Post Office directory; the title "John Poynter & Son" is first used in 1853. Reference is made to works in Greenock from 1845 and intermittently throughout the life of the firm. Between 1846 and 1852, the listing of a works in Rumford Street, Bridgeton probably reflects John Poytner's role as a partner in George Miller & Co., proprietors of Rumford Street Chemical Works.

John Edgar Poynter (presumably the son of John Poynter) is first listed as "of John Poynter & Co" in 1862; no mention is made the residence of John Poyner after 1865, suggesting his death or his withdrawal from the firm at that time.

Buchan Oil Works, Broxburn is listed between 1867 and 1872, the first three years under the title of "John Edgar Poynter", the subsequent period under the firm of John Poynter and Son.

John Poynter and Son was converted to a limited company c.1890, following the death of John Edgar Poynter in 1889.

Laterly trading as John Poynter, Son, & MacDonald Ltd., the firm remained in business well into the second half of the 20th century; the company being dissolved in 1972.





Listings from successive editions of the Glasgow Post Office directory


Rebecca Edgar, 167 Bath Street, Glasgow, here sues John Poynter & Son, Limited, manufacturing chemists and drysalters, 72 Great Clyde Street, Glasgow, for reduction of a memorandum and articles of assignation of the limited company, John Poynter & Son. The pursuer was the aunt and sole residuary of the late John Edgar Poynter,manufacturing chemist in Glasgow and Greenock, and she states that she was induced by Neil Leitch, George Bruce, Alex. Steel, all engaged in the works; Robert Blyth, C.A., Alex. Pattison, solicitor; and William . Spence, engineer, Dublin, to form the business into a limited company of £59,000. The control of Ithe business was, by the agreement, handed over to Bruce, Blyth, and Pattison, aud she conveyed, without consideration, to Leitch 999 fully paid-up £5 shares, and to the other defenders each 199 fully paid-up shares. The pursuer says she never had any intention whatever of forming the business into a limited liability company, nor of makiug presents to the defenders. She did not understand the import and meaning of the deeds she was induced to sign. The defenders reply that all the arrangements for forming the business into a limited company were made by Mr Poynter previous to his death, and that after his death the pursuer agreed voluntarily to carry out the deceased's intentions. All the defenders had been connected with the deceased in business for many years. Lord Kyllachy closed the record in the case today.

The Glasgow Herald 4th June 1890


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