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Isaac Beardmore

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Isaac Beardmore (c1836-1918) of W. and I. Beardmore and I. and W. Beardmore of Glasgow.

1836 Born in Deptford, brother of William Beardmore (1824-1877)

For a number of years Isaac was manager of the forge department of the Parkhead Forge

c1871 Isaac Beardmore became a partner in the Forge and the company was called W. and I. Beardmore.

1877 William Beardmore (1824-1877) died; Isaac became sole proprietor of the Parkhead Forge until William's son, William junior, returned to Glasgow (in 1879) to become the junior partner in the company.

1880 The partnership became I. and W. Beardmore

1886 Retired from business.


1918 Obituary[1]

THE death took place on July 3rd, at his home Lymington Lodge, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, of Mr. Isaac Beardmore. He was joint proprietor, and for twenty years or more during the earlier period of its development was associated with the management of Parkhead Forge. Mr Beardmore who was a native of Deptford, was eighty two years of age. Although it is about thirty years since he severed his connection with the steel trade, he is remembered by many as one of the early manufacturers of Siemens-Martin acid steel in Scotland. While directly under his control, about 1878-80, the Parkhead Forge was converted from an iron to a steel works. The forge, it may be recalled, was started in 1835 by David Napier, and was afterwards for a time carried on by his cousin, Robert Napier, as an adjunct to his shipyard in Govan, and his engineering works at Lancefield. About 1860 Robert Napier decided to devote his energies entirely to Govan and Lancefield, and he transferred the Parkhead establishment to his son-in-law, Mr. William Rigby - of steam hammer fame - who secured as partner an old school friend the late Mr. William Beardmore, father of the present baronet. When Mr Rigby retired from the business in the late sixties, Mr. Beardmore was joined in partnership, and in management of the works, by Mr. Isaac Beardmore, his brother, the title of the firm being changed to Messrs W. and I. Beardmore. During this partnership the works underwent great developments. The death of Mr. William Beardmore occurred in 1877, and Mr. Isaac Beardmore thereafter continued the management as senior partner until 1886, when the present chairman of the company, Mr William Beardmore, who had obtained practical instruction in all departments, besides being scientifically trained at various colleges, assumed the control of the business.



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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1918/07/12