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Fairbairn, Lawson, Combe, Barbour

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Exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

of Leeds,Belfast and Dundee.

1812 Company founded - see Samuel Lawson and Sons

1900 Private company. The company was registered on 11 July, to acquire the businesses of Fairbairn, Naylor, Macpherson and Co of Leeds, Samuel Lawson and Sons of Leeds and Combe, Barbour and Combe of Belfast, manufacturers of machinery for preparing and spinning flax, hemp and jute. [1]

1902 Took a license for the Schmidt system for engines to work with superheated steam from Easton and Co for the Combe, Barbour Belfast branch.[2]

1921 Acquired Urquhart, Lindsay and Robertson Orchar of Dundee

1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history

1936 Largest makers in the world for machinery for the textile industry with Urquhart, Lindsay and Robertson Orchar [3]

1956 Wellman, Smith, Owen Engineering Corporation acquired the Falls Foundry Engineering Works in Belfast[4] (Combe, Barbour and Combe)

1961 General engineers and manufacturers of rope machinery, textile machinery, machine tools and gears. [5]

1960s Fairbairn Lawson Group acquired Greenwood and Batley

1979 Hunslet Engine Co bought the Fairburn and Lawson Group of Leeds from the receiver to bring textile equipment, machine tools and electric locomotives into the product range.[6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. The Engineer 1901/01/31 p126
  3. The Textile Manufacturer Year Book 1936. Published by Emmott and Co. Advert on p36
  4. The Times, 26 September 1957
  5. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  6. The Engineer 1982/12/02
  • Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10