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Hannay and Sons

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Hannay and Sons, iron makers of Blochairn, Glasgow.

Partnership of Robert Hannay, Robert Hannay, Junior, and Thomas Hannay.


1850s The Blochairn Iron Works was established in Glasgow for the manufacture of wrought iron. The works were located on the site of the former Blochairn House.

1857 The Blochairn Iron Co ran into financial difficulties during the 1857 crisis,

1867 The company struggled on until 1867 when the works were taken over by Hannay and Sons in order to break into the expanding malleable iron market of the Clyde shipyards.

The Hannays erected puddling furnaces and finishing equipment, and initial development was so rapid that the works became the largest of their kind in Scotland.

1875 Expenditure was so lavish that the company encountered financial difficulties; the works closed down about 1875.

1877 "WILLIAM MACKINNON, Chartered Accountant, Glasgow, Trustee on the Sequestrated Estates of HANNAY & SONS, Ironmasters in Glasgow, as a Firm or Company, and of Robert Hannay of Rusco, residing at Ulverston, Lancashire, Robert Hannay, Junior, Ironmaster in Glasgow, and Thomas Hannay, Ironmaster there, the Individual Partners of the said Firm or Company of Hannay & Sons, as such Partners, and of the said Robert Hannay and Robert Hannay, Junior, as Individuals, hereby intimates that an account of his intromissions with the funds of the Estates, brought down to the 28th ultimo, has been examined and docqueted by the Commissioners; and further, that the Commissioners have postponed the declaration of a Dividend until the recurrence of another statutory period."[1]

1880 Works acquired by The Steel Company of Scotland Ltd.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Edinburgh Gazette, 11 September 1877
  • Steel Company of Scotland [1]