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Camlachie Foundry

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1814-5 Foundry erected at Camlachie, at the east end of Glasgow, initially by John Napier and Sons Cast-Iron Founders but the business was solely in David Napier's hands.

1816 David Napier's first marine engine, for the steamboat Marion, was completed early in 1816.

1821 Robert Napier succeeded his cousin David Napier in the occupancy of Camlachie Foundry; among his first orders was a contract for supplying the large iron pipes used by the Glasgow Water Works Company. He was constantly employed in the construction of boilers and land engines.

1821 Robert Napier engaged in iron-founding and engineering at Camlachie, at the east end of Glasgow, where, in 1823, he made his first marine engine for the 'Leven' steamboat, built to ply between Dumbarton and G1asgow.

1821 David Napier remained at Camlachie for about seven years, at which point the increase in the engineering business prompted a move to new, larger works which he had erected at Lancefield.

Camlachie Foundry was then occupied, and latterly purchased, by Robert Napier[1]

1823 Napier made his first marine engine at Camlachie for the 'Leven' steamboat, built to ply between Dumbarton and G1asgow.

The success of this engine led rapidly to other orders for marine engines so that Napier found it necessary, in 1828, to move to larger and more convenient premises in Washington Street, adjoining Glasgow harbour.

1835 Napier added to these premises the engineering works at Lancefield, and, in 1841, the shipbuilding yard at Govan, about 1 mile from Glasgow.

David Napier (1799-1850) became a partner in Napier Bros., which took over the Camlachie works from Robert in the 1830s.

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