Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

McOnie and Mirrlees

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1855. Most likely sugar milling machines. Photograph taken in St. Croix, U.S. Virgins Islands.
1855. Machinery detail.

1840 The brothers M'Onie formed a business, P. and W. McOnie. The name M'Onie (McOnie) went on to become closely associated with engineering in Glasgow.

1848 The partnership was dissolved - Peter McOnie joined with James Buchanan Mirrlees, forming McOnie and Mirrlees. Either this year or in 1851 William and Andrew McOnie formed W. and A. McOnie.

1850 Mr. Peter M'Onie died; Mr Mirrlees appointed William Tait as manager

1852 Mr Tait became a partner, the title of the firm remaining the same.

1858 When William Tait became a partner in McOnie and Mirrlees, the name of the firm was changed to Mirrlees and Tait.


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