Matheson, McLaren & Co
Wholesale tea and coffee merchants
53 York Place
Thank you to George T Smith, British Columbia, who wrote:
Sample Tea Boxes
"I was intrigued to read about Brodies etc.
Do you have any knowledge of Matheson,
McLaren & Co? They were in York Place.
My maternal aunt worked there and I recollect
little silver sample boxes of tea, embossed 'Matheson, McLaren' ."
"I used to get bits of tea boxes made from some
exotic woods which I used for making model aeroplanes as every sub-teen did
George T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island,
British Columbia, Canada: April 15, 2008
coincidence, a couple of years after George T Smith asked the question
above about Matheson McLaren & Co, I received an email from Nancy M,
living in Ohio, USA, enclosing the photograph below.
"Here is a
photo of the Matheson, McLaren & Co. Wholesale Tea Merchants.
It includes several McLarens. I'm thinking it was
taken either in Edinburgh or
in Canada. Was it taken in Edinburgh?"
Ohio, USA: June 26, 2009
Please click on the thumbnail image above to enlarge it.
53 York Place
photograph above was taken at 53 York Place Edinburgh.
McLaren were based at 53 York Place from 1903 onwards. Before that,
the company at this address was Matheson Crichton, who were presumably
involved in a takeover or merger to create Matheson McLaren.
McLaren were still at 53 York Place in 1973 (This is
the last year for which the Edinbrugh & Leith Trade Directory was
been able to check when they left this address, but the company appears to
have remained in business until it became insolvent in 2008.
[Edinburgh Gazette: Sep 16, 2008]
This photo below shows that 53 York Place has now
become part of The Osbourne Hotel. Please click on the
thumbnail image to enlarge it.
In 1973, the address of the Osbourne Hotel was 55+57+59
Now, in 2009, the hotel's address is 53+55+57+59 York