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Urquhart, Lindsay and Co

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1874. Patent hydraulic calender for finishing linen and jute goods.
1897. Wheel Moulding Machine.
February 1911.

Mill engineers and textile machinery manufacturers of Blackness Foundry, Dundee.

1865 Business established by Joseph Lindsay and William Walton Urquhart.

1866 Started on the Burnside Works, Dundee.[1]

From 1867 Blackness Foundry was constructed and used by the company.[2]

1871 Construction/design work for Alexander Low of Hillbank Linen Works, Dundee.[3]

1871 Carried out first phase construction/design work for West Dudhope Mill, Dundee.[4]

1874 Carried out design work for North Dudhope Mill, Dundee.[5]

1876 Construction/design work for Ashton Works - Calender House, Dundee for Sir James Caird.[6]

1876 Built/construction of Bernard Street Factory, Hawkhill, Dundee for Lumsden and Cowley.[7]

1880 Carried out second phase construction/design work for West Dudhope Mill, Dundee.[8]

By 1896 had supplied heavy hydraulic mangles to York Street Flax Spinning Co in Belfast.

Urquhart died on 17 April 1891 and Lindsay on 25 April 1897 but the business continued under the same name.[9]

1907 James Keith Anderson was appointed general manager of Messrs. Urquhart Lindsay and Company, Ltd., and Messrs. Robertson Orchar, Ltd., both of Dundee.

1913 Press packers for East Port Calendar, Dundee.[10]

1916 A. W. Anderson represented the company in The Organisation of Engineering Industries meeting in Glasgow, 1916.[11]

After the war Urquhart, Lindsay and Co merged with Robertson and Orchar becoming Urquhart, Lindsay and Robertson Orchar.

1921 Urquhart, Lindsay and Robertson Orchar were acquired by Messrs. Fairbairn Lawson Combe Barbour, Ltd., Leeds and Belfast.

1922 Hydraulic equipment installed at East Port Calender, Dundee.[12]

After Blackness Foundry closed it became the grocery distribution warehouse for Watson and Philip, and was used in that way until the 1990s when it was demolished.[13]

  • Note: The records of Urquhart, Lindsay and Co went to Leeds, with Fairbairn Lawson Combe Barbour as part of Sulzer. Dundee Archive and Record Centre has some material too.

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