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MacIlwaine and Lewis

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1868 Founded by John MacIlwaine and Richard Lewis, an evangelical Welsh engineer and paternal Grandfather of writer C. S. Lewis.[1]

1868 Advertising. 'The Undersigned beg to inform their Friends and the Public that they are prepared to execute orders for the Designing, Construction, and Repairs of Marine and Land Boilers, Tanks, Wrought-Iron Bridges, Girders, Barges, &c.; also, for the Repairs of Iron Vessels and Machinery. They have had extensive experience in Designing, Constructing, and Repairing the above class of work, and feel confident of giving entire satisfaction to those who may favour them with their orders. MacILWAINE & LEWIS, Ulster Iron Works, ABERCORN BASIN, BELFAST.'[2]

1887 'Over three hundred men were to-day thrown out of employment in Messrs. MacIlwaine and Lewis's shipbuilding yard, Belfast, owing to all the principal belting in the works, to the value of £350, having been maliciously destroyed'[3]

1888 'The employees of Messrs. MacIlwaine and Lewis have also made a demand for an increase of wages similar to that of the boilermakers on the Queen's Island.'[4]

1889 Become MacIlwaine and MacColl

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Sources of Information

  1. Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien and their circle, By Colin Duriez, Page 56
  2. Northern Whig - Friday 17 January 1868
  3. Newcastle Evening Chronicle - Tuesday 17 May 1887
  4. London Evening Standard - Tuesday 21 August 1888