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John Kirkaldy and Sons

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of 166 Wapping (1862)

of 40 West India Dock Road (1871)

1809 Business established[1], presumably by John Kirkaldy, plumber and painter, the father of John Given Kirkaldy.

1848 John Kirkaldy, of Wapping was involved in a dispute concerning the settlement reached over the bankruptcy of James Richard Baskett, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Corn Merchant, Dealer and Chapman[2]

1862 Exhibited a ship's fire engine.

1870 Death of his son Thomas

1871 John G Kirkaldy 56, plumber, lived in Stoke Newington with Isabella Kirkaldy 39, John Kirkaldy 17, ship's engineer, Margaret Kirkaldy 12, James Kirkaldy 10, Robert Kirkaldy 5, Adam W Kirkaldy 3, Patrick Kirkaldy 2 Weeks[3]

1871 John, Junior became foreman to his father

1873 John, Junior became manager to his father

1875 John Junior had a particular interest in Distilling Apparatus which was featured in The Engineer 1875/10/22.[4]

1880 John, Junior became a partner in his father's firm - John Kirkaldy and Sons

1883 Distillation apparatus for transports in Egypt Campaign

1883 Exhibited anti-fouling composition for ships - see John Kirkaldy and Son

1884 Introduced marine feed water heaters

1885 Distillation equipment supplied for 3 large water-producing and storage steamers for the Egypt Campaign

1886 Dissolution of the partnership between John Kirkaldy, Thomas Kirkaldy, and James Kirkaldy, at West India Dock-road, Limehouse, and the Engine Works, Royal Albert Dock, and elsewhere, as Marine Engineers, Manufacturers of Fresh Water Distilling Plant, Feed Water Heaters, and Condensers, also as Boilermakers, Iron and Brass Founders, Ship Repairers, Coppersmiths, Tin and Iron Plate Workers, Blacksmiths, and Wholesale and Export Ironmongers, under the style of John Kirkaldy.[5]

1887 John Given Kirkaldy died; the business was continued by his son, John, Junior and was incorporated as John Kirkaldy Ltd.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1923/02/23
  2. London Gazette 27 Oct 1848
  3. 1871 census
  4. The Engineer 1875/10/22
  5. London Gazette 23 Oct 1888
  • Civil engineer records