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Alexander Adam

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Alexander Adam, Lock, Hinge and Safe Manufacturer, Falkirk.

1780 The Adams family arrived in Falkirk in 1780. Alexander Adam (ancestor) was a skinner and tanner, and bought premises at Eastburn Bridge, Falkirk in 1788 for use as a tannery. The tanning business was carried on by his sons and grandsons at least into the late 19th century and was known latterly as Walter Adam and Co. Alexander's eldest son was a tanner but emigrated to Holland. He left behind an illegitimate son, Robert Adam.

Robert Adam (1818-1862) became a lock and hinge maker and founded what was to become the safemaking business.

The safe making business was carried on by his eldest son, Alexander (1846-1898) and two of Alexander's sons, Alexander (1871-c.1940s and John (1876-c.1940).

The business closed when the last Adam retired or died (date unknown)

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Falkirk Archive: ironmongers