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Andrew Muirhead and Son

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of Dalmarnock Leather Works, Dunn Street, Glasgow, SE, Scotland. Telephone: Glasgow, Bridgeton 3724-3725. Cables: "Tanners, Glasgow"

1758 The company's history can be traced back to 1758.

In the 18th century John Muirhead was exporting chamois and glove leather to America.

After some years of depression, John turned to making glue from the raw skins and this business prospered until about 1820.

1826 John's son, James, took over the business on his father's death.

James had thirteen children, the youngest of which was Andrew.

1840 Andrew Muirhead had learnt much in his father's skin and glue works and when the business was transferred to him in 1840, he named it Andrew Muirhead and Co.

1870, the company moved to its present site, Dalmarnock Works, formerly a flax and jute mill.

Since then, the company concentrated its production of upholstery leathers in conjunction with case, bag and shoe leathers.

Over time the company's upholstery leather achieved worldwide recognition and is presently exported to over 30 countries.

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Producers of Leather for Travelling Requisites and General Leather and Sports Goods. Upholstery Leather for all purposes. Leather for Footwear Manufacture. (Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 405) [1]

Case, bag and shoe leathers were phased out of production in the 1960's to allow the company to meet the demand for its high performance leathers.

1968 Andrew Muirhead and Son, as a limited company, completed the formation of the Scottish Leather Group, a privately owned company with five specialist leather manufacturing subsidiaries, whose aim it is to achieve the highest standard of craftsmanship and quality.

Note: (10/08)

  • The company is still at the same address in Dunn Street, and has its own website: [1]

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