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of York Street Foundry, Belfast. Makers of cranes and stationary steam engines
See also John Rowan
1846 Announce they have moved from Doagh to York Street.
1857 Patent. '1849. And William Rowan, of the firm of John Rowan and Sons, of Belfast, in the county of Antrim, Engineers, has given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in scutching and heckling flax, and other similar vegetable fibres, and in machinery employed therein."'
1857 Patent. '1850. And William Rowan, of the firm of John Rowan and Sons, of Belfast, in the county of Antrim, Engineers and Boiler Makers, has given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in steam boilers and furnace flues."'
1859 Description of 50-ton travelling harbour crane made by John Rowan and Sons for Prince's Dock, Belfast.
1862 Hand operated crane for Belfast Harbour Commissioners 
1873 Sale of the business. '...By an agreement dated the 16th day of April 1873 made between said John Rowan, Wm. Rowan, and Robert Rowan of the one part, and the before mentioned Robert Macaulay and Edward Reilly, on behalf of the intended Company, of the other part, the properties above specified, together with the good-will, are agreed to conveyed to the said Robert Macaulay and Edward Reilly, on behalf of the Company, in consideration of the said sum of £30,000, to be paid partly in Shares and partly in Cash, hereinbefore mentioned. By this agreement Messrs. Rowan undertake that they will not within a period of 20 years from present, carry on or be engaged in management of the business of Iron Founders, Machine or Boiler Makers, or other similar business in any part of Ireland. By another agreement of same date, made between William Rowan of the one part, and said Robert Macaulay and Edward Reilly, on behalf of the Company of the other part, Mr. William Rowan agrees to act as general Manager of the company...'
1874 Factory extension opened. Much detail with description of the works..
1891 Sale of company assets at the York Street Foundry.
Later D. and W. Grant are at the York Street Foundry