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Bankier and Mackenzie

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Lock operating mechanism at Athlone Lock, River Shannon. Information about context here. Photo by Brian J Goggin
The patternmaker is long forgotten, but his 'typo' endures

of Bishop Street, Port Dundas, Glasgow

1844 Advert for premises to be let on Port Dundas Road, formerly occupied by a distillery, malt barns, etc., now in part occupied by Bankier & Mackenzie, smiths and engineers, and William Jamie and Co.[1]

1844 'New Gas Company's Works at Dalmarnock...The roof is supported by very handsome pillars, also of iron, and the whole is the workmanship of that successful and very spirited company, Messrs. Bankier & Mackenzie, the same gentlemen who executed the beautiful iron passenger shed at the Queen Street terminus here for the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Company. .... ... the gas-holders are on the telescope principle, by Joshua Horton of Birmingham, who has had great experience in the business. The columns to support the gas-holders are the largest ever used, and stand 48 feet high. Eight are required to each gas-holder, and each of them is fifteen tons weight. They are by Mr. David Napier of Camlachie.'[2]

1844 Advertising Day's patent Windguard or Chimney Can as a cure for smokey chimneys. May be seen at their warehouses, 104 Argyle Street, or Victoria Works, 79 Mitchell Street (Bankier & Mackenzie, Furnishing Ironmongers, Smiths, Gasfitters, &c.) [3]

The firm appears to have become insolvent by 1846.

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Sources of Information

  1. Glasgow Herald, 22 January 1844
  2. Glasgow Herald, 17 May 1844
  3. Ayr Advertiser, or, West Country Journal, 29 August 1844