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Summerlee and Mossend Iron and Steel Co

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Summerlee and Mossend Iron and Steel Co, Iron, Steel and Coal company of Glasgow, Coatbridge, Mossend and Prestongrange, Midlothian.

Early 1880s: The Summerlee and Mossend works amalgamated, presumably as Summerlee and Mossend Iron and Steel Co. After this Walter Neilson (1842-1896), William Neilson (1810-1882)'s second son, left to carry on business on his own account[1]

1887 A new blast furnace was blown in[2]

1895 Strike at the Prestongrange mine which had recently been acquired[3]

1896 The company was registered on 23 June, as the Summerlee and Mossend Iron and Steel Co Ltd, to acquire the business of a firm carried on under the same title which had been in the hands of the Neilson family for 2 generations[4]; the subscribers were John Neilson, of Mollance, ironmaster, William Neilson of Glasgow, ironmaster, George Neilson of Glasgow, Walter Neilson of Glasgow, James Neilson of Glasgow, J. A. Neilson of Glasgow, Alexander Neilson of Glasgow, Hugh Neilson of Glasgow[5].

1900 Introduced electric coal cutting plant

1905 William Beardmore and Co purchased the Mossend steel works from the Summerlee and Mossend Iron and Steel Co to secure supplies of ship plates and angles.

1906 The name of the company was changed to Summerlee Iron Co[6]


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Sources of Information

  1. Glasgow Herald 20 April 1896
  2. Birmingham Daily Post, 10 October 1887
  3. Glasgow Herald 15 July 1895
  4. The Times 24 June 1896
  5. Glasgow Herald 27 June 1896
  6. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908