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Growers of tea, and owners of cotton textile and jute mills in Calcutta, as well as merchanting, banking, insurance and shipping businesses.
1750 business founded.
1801 the firm purchased the cotton works in Catrine and later erected a bleaching works.
1878 John Muir, of James Finlay and Co, was associated with Mr. C. W. Cayzer in founding Cayzer, Irvine and Co.
1904 Became involved with James Howden in a process for curing tea.
post WWII: one of the cotton mills was demolished and a modern cotton works built in its place.