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James Aitken and Co

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of Cranstonhill Foundry, Glasgow

Some years after 1822, David Rowan became managing partner with James Aitken and Co, Cranstonhill

Constructed blast-furnaces at Langloan Iron Works and the pumping engines to supply St Petersburg with water.

1865 Alexander Carnegie Kirk joined the management of James Aitken and Co's engine works in Glasgow

1867 Blowing engine for Parkhead Forge. Designed by Alexander Kirk. Air cylinder 24" bore, 18" stroke, large diameter hollow piston rod. 15 psi air pressure, 120 double strokes per minute.[1]

1891 two cylinder horizontal winding engine at Lingerwood Colliery, Newtongrange. Photographed by George Watkins in 1967 [2]

The business was later carried on by Rait and Lindsay


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Engineering, 3 Jan 1868
  2. 'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain' Volume 2, by George Watkins