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Baird and Tatlock

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45, Renfrew Street, Glasgow, makers of scientific instruments

1881 Hugh Harper Baird set up business in Glasgow

1890 Baird moved to Hatton Garden, London, where he opened a small warehouse and office, later adding a small workshop, to supply laboratory equipment.

1893 Exhibited a thermometer at the British Association meeting[1].

1897 Business split in two. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned Hugh Harper Baird and John Tatlock carrying on business as Dealers in Pure Chemicals Laboratory Furnishings &c. at No. 14 Cross-street Hatton Garden London and at No. 40 Renfrew-street Glasgow and at No. 10 Drummond-street Edinburgh under the style or firm of Baird and Tatlock has been dissolved by mutual consent as and from the 30th day of April 1896. The said Hugh Harper Baird will continue to carry on business at the above address, in London on his own account under the style or firm of Baird and Tatlock. The said John Tatlock will continue to carry on business, at the above addresses in Glasgow and Edinburgh on his own account under the style or firm of Baird and Tatlock...'[2]

1914 Principal: J. Douglas Tatlock, manager for Trustees of John Tatlock (d.). Specialities: All Educational and Scientific Apparatus and Instruments. Complete Laboratory Equipment.

1925 J. J. Griffin and Sons merged with the Scottish firm of Baird and Tatlock Ltd

1928 Became Griffin and Tatlock Ltd

1954 Merged with W. and J. George and Becker Ltd to become Griffin and George Ltd.

1978 E. Merck acquired Baird and Tatlock[3].

1987 Merck integrated the Baird and Tatlock companies with BDH which it already owned.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 18 September 1893
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:15 January 1897 Issue:26814 Page:274
  3. The Times, 13 September 1978
  • Biography of {John Griffin, ODNB [1]