OLD COMPANIES AND BUSINESSES
IN MONTREAL

The following is a list of companies and businesses owned by Anglo Montrealers between the late 1700s and the early 1900s. As this list grows it will eventually be sorted into the following categories:
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LIST BY NAME OF BUSINESS
LIST BY TYPE OF BUSINESS
LIST BY (APPROX.) YEAR OF OPENING
LIST BY NAME OF OWNER/PROPRIETER
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But for now the listing is alphabetical by name of business only.
MANY more old Montreal businesses will be added to this list over time.
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A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

A  
NAME OF BUSINESS TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
Abbotts, Campbell & Merideth Advocates, Solicitors etc.
John Aitken & Co. Retail clothing
1847
Charles Alexander Confectioner
1842
Allan Steamship Line Shipping Company
Alliance Assurance Company Insurance Company  
Amos, Holden & Co. Boot & shoe manufacturers
c1850s
J. D. Anderson Tailor and outfitter
1862

B  
NAME OF BUSINESS  TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
Bank of Montreal  Bank
1817
Barbour's ??(page 42) Thread Agents
1784
Barnard & Barnard Barristers & Solicitors  
James Baylis & Son Carpet merchants
1859
Duncan Bell Merchant & manufactures' Agent
1863
J. & T. Bell Boot and Shoe Manufactory
1824
Benning & Barsalou Auctioneers
1853
Birks Chemist and Druggist
1828
E. L. Bond Insurance Agents
c1862
Brown & Vallance Architects
George Brown & Sons Merchant Tailors
1852
Burroughs & Burroughs Barristers and Solicitors  

C  
NAME OF BUSINESS TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
Caledonian Iron Works Manufacturer
c1852?
Canada Paint Company Paint manufacturers
Canada Paper Company Paper-makers & stationers
1859
Canada Truss Factory Surgical Instrument manufacterer
1856
Canadian Rubber Company Rubber manufacturers  
David Campbell & Son Coopers & warehousemen
1863
John Campbell Warehouseman
1863
Kenneth Campbell & Co. Wholesale Druggists
1833
The Carpet Warehouse Carpet merchants
1859
Christie & Bellis' British Soap Works Soap manufacturer
William Christie Soap and candle manufacturer
The City Ice Company Ice manufacturers
1842
C.O. Clarke Bell manufacturers
1860
William Clendinneng & Son Iron Founders
1838
Cochrane, Cassils & Co. Boot & shoe manufacturers
1855
Craig Street Foundary Iron Founders
1852
Alexander Craig House sign & decorative painter
1855
Crathern & Caverhill Hardware & metal merchants
1854
Curran & Grenier Advocates
c1862

D  
NAME OF BUSINESS TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
Darling & Brady Soap and candle manufacturers
Darling Bros. Ltd. Engineers & machine manufacturers
1888
John Date Plumber & manufacturer
Thos. Davidson & Co.
1860
Dawson Brothers Stationers
1845
Devins & Bolton Druggists & chemists
1862
Dominion Brass Works Plumbers, Coppersmiths etc.
c1860
Dominion Metal Works Metal manufacturers
1828
Dominion Steamship Company Shipping Company

E  
NAME OF BUSINESS TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
Eagle Foundry
1820
J. & R. Esdaile Produce & Freight brokers
1846
G. & J. Esplin Box Manufacturers & lumber merchants
1850
William Evans Flower & seed importer & grower
c1855
S.H. & A.S. Ewing Food manufacturers
1845

F  
NAME OF BUSINESS TYPE OF BUSINESS FOUNDED
H. J. Fisk & Co. Selling agents
Fonthill Nurseries
Forsyth, Richardson & Co.

G  
NAME OF BUSINESS TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
Robert Gardner & Son Manufacturers
1850
Garth & Co. Metal manufacturers
1828
The Gazette Newspaper
1778
Gibb & Co. Merchant Tailors
1775
Gawen Gilmore Manufacturer
1855
J. Alex Gordon & Co. Tea Brokers
1878
James Gordon Tea Brokers
1853
Ira Gould & Son Flour milling
1846
Grand Trunk Railway Railway
1853?
Henry R. Gray Chemist & Druggist
1859
Charles Gurd & Co. Chemist/Druggist/ manufacturer
1848
E. C Gurney & Co. Manufacturers of stoves etc.
1841

H  
NAME OF BUSINESS TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
Robert Hampson Marine Insurance Agents
1864
J. H. Hanson Merchant's agent
Hearn & Harrison Optical equipment manufacterers
c1857
J.A. Harte Chemist
1860
Hemsley's Jewellers Jewellers  
Henderson Bros. Lumber Merchants
1842
F.C. Henshaw Merchant
Geo. Horne Stationer
1846
J. W. & E. C. Hopkins Architects
1852
Alex. C. Hutchison Architect
c1862
J. B. Hutcheson  Chartered Accountant
c1862

I  
NAME OF BUSINESS  TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
Robert Irwin Saddlery & Harness Manufactory
1835
Isaacson & Lippe Notaries Public
H.R. Ives & Co. Hardware manufacturers
1859

J  
NAME OF BUSINESS TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
James Johnston & Co. Importers of dry goods
1842
John H. Jones & Co. Importers & manufacturers
1864

K
NAME OF BUSINESS TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
Warden King & Son Iron Founders
1852

L  
NAME OF BUSINESS TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
Lightbound & Ralston Wholesale grocers
1851
Lighthall & Lighthall Notaries
1848
Robert Linton & Co. Wholesale dry goods
c1892
G. R. Locker Co. Importers and Manufacturers’ Agents
1887
John Lovell & Son Publishers, printers & bookbinders
1835
Lyman, Sons & Co. Drug retail/wholesale
1800

M  
NAME OF BUSINESS  TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
John McArthur & Son Manufacturers & importers
1845
McArthur, Corneille & Co. Manufacturers & importers
1845
McClary Manufacturing Co. Manufacturers
1840
Owen McGarvey & Son Furniture manufacturers & dealers
1843
MacIntosh & Hyde Accountants & Financial Agents
Mackay Brothers Wholesale Dry Goods Merchants
1840
J.G. Mackenzie & Co. Wholesale dry goods importers
1829?
J. A. Mathewson & Co. Importers of teas & general groceries
Merchants Bank of Canada Bank
1863
Robert Miller, Son & Co. Wholesale stationers and publishers
1841
Robert Mitchell & Co. Manufacturers
Molson's Brewery Brewery
Molson's Bank Bank
1855
Montreal Auxiliary Bible Society Bible sales
1820
Montreal Brass Works
Montreal Daily Witness Newspaper
1846
Montreal Steam Cooperage Coopers
1857
Monreal Weekly Witness Newspaper
Henry Morgan and Company Department store
1843
D. Morrice Sons & Co. Manufacturer's Agents & general merchants
1863
Morton Phillips & Co. Stationers
c1829
E. Frank Moseley & Co. Manufacturers
1859
Munderloh & Co. Importers
1861
John Murphy Artist materials dealer, painter
1862

N  
NAME OF BUSINESS  TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
H.A. Nelson & Sons Manufacturers
1837
A. & S. Nordheimer Piano manufacturers and dealers
1840
Northern Messenger Newspaper
North West Company Fur Traders
1784
William Notman Photographer

O  
NAME OF BUSINESS TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
Ogilvie Flour Mills
1801

P  
NAME OF BUSINESS  TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
J. Palmer & Son Hair dresser, perfumer & Importer
1847
J. G. Parks Photographer
1864
John Parslow Stationer & bookbinder
c1856
George R. Prowse Manufacturers

R  
NAME OF BUSINESS  TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
A. Ramsay & Son Manufacturers & Importers of artists supplies
1842
George W. Reed Roofer & roofing dealer
c1852?
Robertson & Co. Wholesale Dry Goods
1811
Robertson & Lightbound Wholesale grocers
1851
James Robertson Metal merchant
c1857?
Peter Robertson Wholesale grocers
1851
Wm. W. Robertson Saddle & harness maker
1864
Robin & Sadler Leather & Belting manufacterers
1876
Rogers & King Iron Founders
1852
Philip S. Ross Chartered accountant
1860
Wm. Rutherford & Sons lumber manufacturers
c1860?
M. Ryan & Co. Merchant Tailors
c1840

S  
NAME OF BUSINESS  TYPE OF BUSINESS
FOUNDED
St. Lawrence Hall Hotel
1851
Thomas Samuel & Son Wholesale commission merchant  
Alfred Savage Chemist
W. Scott & Sons Interior furnishing dealers & importers
1859
Robert Seath & Sons Merchant Tailors
1850
J. Sloan & Sons Boot & shoe dealers
1843
Shaw, Cassils & Co. Tanners & leather merchants
c1863
The Shedden Company Forwarders & Carriers
c1863
James Shearer Manufacturers of doors, sashes, blinds etc
1843
James Shearer Lumber Co. Lumber merchant
John S. Shearer & Co. Manufacturers & general agents
1862
Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. Manufacturers
1846
Snowdon & Brother Coal & Wood Merchants
F. Stephen & Co. Tweed trade / woolens
c1867
Wm. Stephen Wholesale dry goods
c1848
Wm. Smythe & Co.,  Wholesale Boot and Shoe Manufacturers
1843

T
NAME OF BUSINESS TYPE OF BUSINESS 
FOUNDED
Tees & Co. Furniture manufacturers
1855

W  
NAME OF BUSINESS TYPE OF BUSINESS 
FOUNDED
Warmintons' Hardware dealer
1851
Robert Weir & Co. Stationary/printing
1805
W. Weir & Sons Bankers
1847
J.E.M. Whitney & Co. Shoe & leather merchants
1858
The Williams Manufacturing Company Sewing machine manufacturers
c1862
James Williamson Warehouseman, shipping agent
1851
George Wilson Boot & Shoe dealer
1850
J.C.Wilson Paper Mills
Witness Printing House Printing, etc.
Wood & Evans Insurance Agents Insurance Agents
1876

Y
NAME OF BUSINESS  TYPE OF BUSINESS   FOUNDED
Young & Benning Auctioneers
1847

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