The COX Family - in Angus and Perthshire

The Cox Family Crest

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(Honour is the reward of Virtue)

Family Records

We are very fortunate that past generations of the Cox family have assembled and maintained family records which go back many hundreds of years. In particular, William Henry Cox (1865-1945), collected a great deal of information on the family. In 1961 his son Harry (Henry Kinloch Cox 1898-1970) had the foresight to collate these records and have them printed and bound in a small book entitled 'The Family of Cox in Angus and Perthshire'. Harry's daughter-in-law Eileen Cox also made a valuable contribution, and more recently a Cox family tree has been constructed which includes over 1,500 names.

Most of the family papers were held for many years by Margot Cox (1905-1983) in Nairn. After she died they were brought to England and in 1996 were deposited by Edward Cox with the Archive Services at the University of Dundee where they have been organised into collections and catalogued accordingly. The catalogue may be viewed on their website:

The James Cox Journal

One of the most important documents amongst the many held in Dundee, is the personal Journal written by James Cox (1808-1885), senior partner of Cox Brothers. The journal was written intermittently throughout his lifetime but was probably largely completed during his retirement.

On his 74th birthday in July 1882, he received a number of birthday letters from his family expressing concern for his health. He was clearly not well and from this point until his death three years later, he spent much of his time at home working on his journal.

It covers his childhood and schooldays, his early struggles to earn a living and the gradual development of Cox Brothers which eventually became the largest jute manufacturer in the world. The story is interspersed with many anecdotes relating to other members of the family and these are included here on the pages devoted to the relevant members.