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Redpath, Brown and Co

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1918. From ‘Kempes Year Book’
1918. From ‘Kempes Year Book’
Dec 1921.
May 1949.
July 1949.

of Edinburgh and London

of Trafford Park, Manchester

1802 Company founded as Redpath and Brown, wholesale ironmongers, nail makers and iron merchants, by John Redpath and John Brown.

1820 the style of the firm was altered to Redpath, Brown and Company, when Mr. James Marshall was made a partner.

1854 A. Wylie ceased to be a Partner in the Firm of REDPATH, BROWN, & CO., Iron Merchants and Ironmongers in Edinburgh and Leith[1]

1860 Mr Marshall's nephew, John Cowan, joined the firm as an apprentice.

1865 Thomas Scott was a partner in the firm[2]

1878 Lawrence M'Garth retired from Redpath, Brown and Co, wholesale ironmongers and iron merchants, of Albert Street, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, leaving John Cowan as the sole subscriber; he continued the business[3]

1880 Opened a department for iron constructional work such as beams and roof trusses.

1880 John Cowan was the sole partner.

1885 Introduced mild steel rolled joists.

1886 made some steel joist compound girders, the first in Scotland.

1896 Public company. The company was registered on 15 October, to acquire the business of iron and steel merchants of the firm of the same name. [4]

1896 Acquired site for the St. Andrew Steel Works in Edinburgh.

1900 Catalogue of steel sectional material. [5]

Early 1920s Acquired Darlington Rolling Mills Co

1923 Bolckow, Vaughan and Co acquired an "important interest" in Redpath, Brown and Co, makers of structural steel, with works in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow[6], in order to secure an outlet for finished steel[7].

1929 Dorman, Long and Co acquired Bolckow, Vaughan and Co, to create a major force in structural engineering

1937 Steel structural engineers and merchants. [8]

1954 Dorman Long and Company became a holding company on 2 October. The Holding and Realization Agency sold all of the shares in the company to the public[9].

1956 The AGM of Dorman, Long and Co was told about the performance of the main subsidiary companies[10] including Redpath Brown constructional works at Edinburgh and Glasgow and East Greenwich

1961 Iron and steel merchants and constructional engineers. 2,916 employees. [11]

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Sources of Information

  1. Edinburgh Gazette 8 December 1854
  2. The Edinburgh Gazette 8 September 1865
  3. Edinburgh Gazette 31 January 1879
  4. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  5. The Engineer of 19th October 1900 p402
  6. Aberconway
  7. The Times 30 January 1923
  8. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  9. The Times, 4 January 1956
  10. The Times, 4 January 1956
  11. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE