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Scott, Sinclair and Co

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of Wetburn, Greenock

1825 The Scott family bought an engine works in Greenock and so began to make steamers that could manage the long routes out to the Middle and Far East.

c.1835 Robert Sinclair, Senior was a member of the firm when his nephew, Robert Sinclair, became an apprentice

1837 John Scott II, one of the partners in the firm, died.[1]

1839-42 See 1839-1842 Marine Engine Makers for details of engines made for the Admiralty

1841 Robert Sinclair, Senior, partner in the firm, died

1841 Charles C. Scott took over the running of the engine works, Scott, Sinclair and Co on the death of his cousin Robert

James Mullens Scott ( -1851) was works manager[2]

Around 1849, as Scott, Sinclair and Co, they built seventeen railway locomotives before this side of the business was dropped.

1851 Charles Scott ceased to be a partner in the firm[3]

1852 Self-acting lathe[4]

1856 The 2 firms John Scott and Sons and Scott, Sinclair and Co were carried on by John Scott and John Scott, Junior as sole partners[5]

1856 A 40 HP marine condensing engine by Scott, Sinclair & Co was advertised for sale at Haydock Colliery, 'lately used for pumping'.[6]

1859 John Scott and John Scott, Junior, sole partners of the firm of Scott, Sinclair, and Co., Engineers and Founders, in Greenock, sold the works hitherto occupied by them in East Stewart-street, Greenock, with the Machinery, Utensils, and Stock in trade therein, and goodwill of their business, to the Greenock Foundry Company. All accounts were to be settled at the office of John Scott and Sons, Greenock.[7]

1861 The firm went bankrupt because of accumulated debts. The business was acquired by Charles Scott and his son John IV; the Westburn Yard was sold[8].

1904 The engine works, Greenock Foundry Co, were swallowed up in Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Co

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Sources of Information

  1. Scotts of Greenock - An Illustrated History, By William Kane, Vincent P. Gillen
  2. Edinburgh Gazette, 10 October 1851
  3. Scotts of Greenock - An Illustrated History By William Kane, Vincent P. Gillen
  4. The Imperial Journal 1852 Vol I. p340
  5. The London Gazette 22 January 1856
  6. Manchester Times, 6 September 1856
  7. The London Gazette 22 February 1859
  8. Scotts of Greenock - An Illustrated History By William Kane, Vincent P. Gillen