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 149,713 pages of information and 235,473 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.

Samuel Garbett and Co

From Graces Guide

1749 Two Englishmen, Samuel Garbett and John Roebuck, approached William Cadell, Senior to set up sulphuric acid works at Prestonpans. They built a factory there and, for some years, they enjoyed a monopoly. Eventually their methods became known, and, having omitted to take out patents, they were unable to prevent others making use of them.

1765 Advertisement for Samuel Garbett and Co for the Carron Wharf 'cheap carriage of merchandise from Glasgow....with commodious warehouses'. Lessees of Carron Harbour and Salt Pow. Sailings to Leith, Dundee, Perth, Arbroath, Montrose, Banff, Inverness and Newcastle. [1]

1766 The Prestopans Oil of Vitriol Works were until this year in joint ownership of Roebuck and Garbett but became Samuel Garbett and Co from this date. The works appear to have closed around 1787. [2]


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Sources of Information

  1. Caledonian Mercury - Wednesday 07 August 1765
  2. Caledonian Mercury - Saturday 21 April 1787