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James Stewart (1839-1890)

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James Stewart (c1839-1890) of Andrew and James Stewart

1890 Obituary [1]

JAMES STEWART, tube manufacturer, of Coatbridge and Glasgow, who died in January 1890, was one of the heads of a well-known business that has been largely extended during recent years. The business in question was commenced in a very modest way in 1861, by Mr. Andrew Stewart, in St. Enoch's Wynd, Glasgow. For a time, practically the only work undertaken was the production of gas tubes, but as a demand for boiler tubes came forward, the works were removed from St. Enoch's Wynd, where they could not, owing to their cramped situation, be further extended, to Coatbridge, some ten miles from that city, where a new departure on a large scale was undertaken. Commencing with a site of four acres, the works have, since 1871, been more than trebled in extent, until they are now among the largest of their kind in the United Kingdom.

More recently, an adjunct has been opened up in the Firhill Road, Glasgow, for the manufacture of cast-iron pipes, of which the firm is now producing large quantities. Deceased, who was in his fifty-second year, left a widow and five children.

He became a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1873, and took an active part in the reception of the Institute at its Glasgow meeting in 1884.

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