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John Wallace and Sons

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January 1906.
January 1906.
January 1919.
September 1947.
Seat of thistle Reaper.
Thistle Reaper.
Thistle Reaper.
"Wallace" 286 Hay Collector plaque.
Hay Cart.
Hay Cart (detail).

John Wallace and Sons, Agricultural Implement Manufacturers, of Graham Square, Glasgow; works at Paton St, Glasgow, and later a holding company.

1857 Company founded.

1894 June. Royal Agricultural Society's Show. Potato Digger [1]

1896 Limited company registered.

1911 Potato digger exhibited[2]

1914 New works at Paton St, Glasgow.

1918 Incorporated in a new company, Wallace Farm Implements Ltd[3].

1918 Entered contract with British Motor Trading Corporation to supply the whole production of Glasgow tractors for 5 years from 1920.

1919 The largest maker of agricultural implements in Scotland[4]

1920 Wallace Farm Implements Ltd was acquired by a new public company Wallace (Glasgow)

1920 Produced the Burt single sleeve-valve petrol engine [5]

1920 Produced the Glasgow engine in 3 and 6-8 bhp sizes. [6]

1924 Private company.

1924 John Wallace and Sons held its first annual general meeting[7]

1926 Silver medal at the Royal Show[8]

1946 Public offer for sale of shares[9]

1955 Acquired A. Baird and Sons, motor vehicle distributor and electrical retailer

1960 Acquired Claridge, Lewis and Jordan, printers, of Wardour St, London, and Praills (Hereford)[10]

1961 Manufacturers of agricultural machinery and implements including elevator potato diggers, spinner potato diggers, grain drills and turnip sowers. 100 employees. [11]

1961 Acquired Arthur Productions (Clydebank), Rookery Bridge Refining Co, Associated Metal Works (Glasgow), Graham and Wylie, Maurice Lipkin and Co, Bates Bros (Engineers), R. W. Haughton[12]

1962 Acquired Edmiston Brown, Clarmac Engineering, Veevers and Hensman, letterpress printers of Burnley, and W. E. Ginder, a small manufacturing jewellers[13]

1962 Acquired Polarcold, Tropical Packers (Cheshire and Brierly and Kershaw and its subsidiary Crawford Machinery[14]

1963 Stenhouse Holdings acquired a substantial interest in the company and appointed a new chairman[15]. Rights issue to reduce the company's overdraft.

1964 Acquired 6 Leicester hosiery and knitware companies[16]

1965 Acquired Marlowe (Upholstery) of Rutherglen, which would complement the furniture and timber companies in the group, Arthur Productions (Clydebank) and Graham and Wylie[17]; Gallagher Brothers (Wigan) and Riordan Engineering (Camberley)[18]

1965 John Wallace Group's subsidiary Polarcold took over the Fort Matilda, Greenock factory of Acme Domestic Equipment[19]

1970 Stenhouse Holdings acquired the rest of the shares in the company that it did not already own[20]

1971 The name of the Wallace subsidiary was changed to Stenhouse Industries and British Electrical Repairs Ltd was incorporated in it[21]. Veevers and Hensman was sold[22].

1972 British Electrical Repairs was sold[23]

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] Scottish Agricultural Implement Makers
  1. The Engineer 1894/06/29 p562
  2. The Times, Oct 23, 1911
  3. The Times, Aug 09, 1920
  4. The Times, Aug 09, 1920
  5. The Engineer 1920/08/13 p155
  6. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1999. ISBN 1 873098 50 2
  7. The Times, Oct 30, 1961
  8. The Times, Jul 09, 1926
  9. The Times, Mar 29, 1946
  10. The Times, Aug 19, 1960
  11. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  12. The Times, Oct 30, 1961
  13. The Times, Mar 30, 1962
  14. The Times, Oct 29, 1962
  15. The Times, Mar 28, 1963
  16. The Times, Dec 18, 1964
  17. The Times, Apr 08, 1965
  18. The Times, May 19, 1965
  19. The Times, Aug 02, 1965
  20. The Times, Mar 10, 1970
  21. The Times, Mar 05, 1971
  22. The Times, Jun 10, 1971
  23. The Times, Dec 21, 1973