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c.1814 Andrew Liddell was offered a partnership in an ironmongery establishment in Glasgow.
In a few years, his partners retired, and, with an advance of capital from his half-brother, Mr. Robert MacLaren, he became the head of the firm of Andrew Liddell and Co
1844 Andrew Liddell continued to run the business until 1844 when he relinquished it in favour of his nephew.
He carried on the most extensive manufacture in Scotland, of wrought-iron tubes, employing a method of welding, somewhat similar to that introduced by Mr. James Russell, of Wednesbury.
On the general introduction of gas, he became engaged in manufacturing gas-pipes and apparatus, which he supplied to many towns in Scotland and Ireland, and extensively exported to Nova Scotia and Canada.
The company was succeeded by Robert Maclaren