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Mossend Iron and Steel Works

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Mossend Iron and Steel Works, of Mossend, Bellshill, Lanarkshire

1839 John Neilson and his sons, William, Walter and Hugh, established Mossend Iron Works to make wrought iron, as the works started three years earlier at Summerlee, Coatbridge, by his eldest brother were intended only for the making of pig iron.[1]

1840 The rolls for the Mossend Iron Works were supplied by Calderbank Iron Works, Lanarkshire.[2]

1850 The partnership was dissolved; John Neilson and William Neilson would continue the business of Mossend Iron Co [3]

1880 A Siemens open hearth steel melting shop was started at Mossend in 1880

1882 After the death of William, Walter Neilson became the senior partner in the Mossend Iron and Steel Co

Early 1880s: The Summerlee and Mossend works amalgamated, presumably as Summerlee and Mossend Iron and Steel Co. After this Walter Neilson (1842-1896), William's second son, left to carry on business on his own accoun t[4]

1886 Hugh Neilson II, who had run Mossend Iron Co, retired to set up Clydebridge Works.

1889 A strike, lasting nearly 15 months, shut the works.

1906 The Mossend works were taken over by William Beardmore and Co

WWI production peaked when 3000 people were employed.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Obituary of William Neilson
  2. Obituary of William Yule
  3. Edinburgh Gazette 18 October 1850
  4. Glasgow Herald 20 April 1896
  • [1] Clydebridge Steel Works history