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Craig and Donald

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1910. Plate shears. No. 43/10. Capacity 16mm x 8ft. 2009 Preserved in Japan by the Kohan Machinery Co.
June 1888. Iron working machinery.
December 1889.
1893. Plate Shears for Clydebridge Steel Works.
1897. Punching and Side Cutting Machine.
June 1898.
January 1902.

of Johnstone, near Glasgow, Scotland. Telephone: Johnstone 15. Telegraphic Address: "Craig Donald, Johnstone". (1937)

1815 Business established

1851 Partnership dissolved. '...Copartnership carried on by the Subscribers, as Engineers and Machine Makers in Johnstone, under the Firm of CRAIG & DONALD, was of this date DISSOLVED by the mutual consent of the Partners. The debts due to and by the said Company will be received and paid by the Subscriber, Hugh Donald, who alone is authorised to do so. ANDREW CRAIG. HUGH DONALD.'[1]

1853 Patent. '867. To Hugh Donald, of the firm of Craig and Donald, of Johnstone, in the county of Renfrew, North Britain, Engineer, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for cutting and uniting metals."'[2]

1900 Became a limited company

1900 Heavy punching, shearing and side notching machines for shipyards. [3]

1902 Plate bending rollers for Chatham Dockyard [4]

1923 Patent - Improvements in metal shearing machines.

1924 Patent - Improvements in metal punching machines.

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Latest Power Presses, with Tie-Rod Frames and Armour Slab Frames. Press Brakes, Patent Shears, Universal Folding Machines, Bending Machines for Plates and Sections. Samples of Special Presswork from our Presses. (Stand Nos. D.411 and D.312) [5]

1937 The Scottish Machine Tool Corporation was formed by amalgamation of: James Bennie and Sons Ltd., G. and A. Harvey, Glasgow; Loudon Brothers Ltd, Johnstone; Craig and Donald Ltd, Johnstone; and James Allan Senior and Sons Ltd, Glasgow; all retained their separate autonomy, even though they had amalgamated. [6] [7]

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