Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,469 pages of information and 245,911 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

J. and P. Coats

From Graces Guide
1897. Carding room.
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of Ferguslie Thread Works, Paisley

1824/6 James Coats opened a cotton mill making thread. The works were power by a 12hp engine[1]

His eldest son, James, became a partner, followed by Peter

1830 James retired from active management of the business, handing the business to his sons, James and Peter, who took up the business

At some point the name of the business became J. and P. Coats.

1835 Thomas Coats became a partner

1842 Business established in America

1851 The firm had 3 members one of whom was Peter[2], the others presumably James and Thomas.

1857 After the death of their father, the remarkable development and growth of the company was a result of the efforts of Peter and Thomas.

1861 Thomas was an acting partner[3]

1884 Became a Joint Stock Corporation

1889 Formed formed a joint sales company with Clark and Co (of Paisley), Jonas Brook and Brothers.

1890 Incorporated as a Limited Company; directors included:[4]

1890 Coats listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company was registered on 6 August, to take over the business of the firm of the same name.

1896 J. and P. Coats acquired control of the businesses of Clark and Co (of Paisley), Jonas Brook and Brothers and James Chadwick and Brother [5]

1897 Site is 50-60 acres and they employ 5,000 persons

1914 Chairman: Sir Thomas Glen-Coats, Bart. The Ferguslie Thread Works at Paisley was the largest of their kind.

1952 J. and P. Coats and the Clark Thread Co merged to become Coats & Clark Inc. in the United States.

1960 Merged with Patons and Baldwins to create J. and P. Coats, Patons and Baldwins.

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Sources of Information

  1. Glasgow Herald - Tuesday 11 March 1890
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1861 census
  4. Glasgow Herald - Saturday 09 August 1890
  5. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908