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Monkland Iron and Steel Co

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of Airdrie

Formed by Francis Murray and James Buttery[1]

1824 William Murray (son of Francis Murray) became a partner.[2]

1825 Monklands started its first blast furnace[3]

1836 Name changed from Monkland Iron Co to the Monkland Iron and Steel Co and the partners were William Murray, James Murray and Alexander Warren Buttery.

1836 William Murray, Monkland Iron and Steel Co.[4]

1840 Commenced making malleable iron

1851 Messrs Murray of the Monkland Iron Works employing about 4,500 people.[5]

1853 James Murray, Monkland Iron Works.[6]

1853 'The average number of persons employed is about 4,000, which is estimated to give a total population of about 15,000 living immediately around the works.'[7]

1870 Manager was William Ferrie regarded as the leader in Scottish blast furnace practice

1872 Became the Monkland Iron and Coal Co and later the Monkland Iron Co.

1888 Business finally closed

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Sources of Information

  1. Glasgow Herald - Friday 24 December 1858
  2. Glasgow Herald - Friday 24 December 1858
  3. The Engineer 1872/08/09
  4. The Scotsman - Wednesday 28 September 1836
  5. The Scotsman - Wednesday 20 August 1851
  6. Glasgow Constitutional - Wednesday 06 April 1853
  7. Wells Journal - Saturday 22 October 1853