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Coltness Iron Co

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Coltness Iron Works, Newmains, Lanarkshire.

of 138 West George Street, Glasgow.

Manufacturers of the Famous 'Coltness' Brand.

1836 Company established.

1836 Thomas Houldsworth of Farnsfield, M.P. for Nottingham, Henry Houldsworth's brother, bought the Coltness estate

1837 He established the Coltness Iron Works.

1845 'Monster Engine' for blowing ten furnaces erected at Newmains by Murdoch, Aitken and Co. 54-inch bore, 9 ft stroke, 31 ton beam, flywheel 30 ft dia. Designed for 60 psi steam pressure.[1]

1899 The company was registered on 10 July, to take over the business of a private company of the same name. [2]

1914 Iron and coal masters, steel and iron founders, chemical manufacturers, Portland cement manufacturers.[3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Stirling Observer - Thursday 16 January 1845
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  • Glasgow Men [1]