Gillanders, Arbuthnot and Co

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Gillanders, Arbuthnot and Co

'Gillanders, Arbuthnot and Co' was a Managing Agent established by F M Gillanders at Lyons Range, Calcutta in 1820. John Ogilvy joined him in 1824 and the company became ' Gillanders, Ogivy' & Co'. In 1833 Ogilvy retired and Captain Arbuthnot joined Gillanders and the company became known as 'Gillanders, Arbuthnot & Co'. Their head office was at 8 Clive Street, Calcuttaand they had offices in Bombay, Madras, Karachi, Lahore and Delhi. Their interests were in tea, jute, timber, building, engineering and oil and a number of mainline railway systems [1].

Tea Gardens

The following Tea Gardens where tramways have been identified are listed on FIBIS page 'Assam Tea Industry' as having 'Gillanders, Arbuthnot and Co' as Managing Agent:-

  • 'Empire Of India & Ceylon Tea Co'
  • 'Singlo Tea Co Ltd'

Railway Business Interests

Engineering Business Interests


  1. “Industrial Railways and Locomotives of India and South Asia” compiled by Simon Darvill. Published by ‘The Industrial Railway Society’ 2013. ISBN 978 1 901556 82-7. Available at Reference: Entry WB78 page ....