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1868 Thomas Meik took into partnership his old pupil and assistant, W. D. Nisbet, and commenced business both in Sunderland and Edinburgh. Mr. Meik resided in Edinburgh, while Mr. Nisbet remained in Sunderland.
The firm carried out extensive works in the North of England and in Scotland, including new wet docks at Burntisland and Ayr, harbour works at Blyth and Warkworth, the water-supply of Bedlington, foreshore protection works at Bridlington, a graving dock and quays on the Wear, and the Hylton, Southwick and Monkwearmouth Railway, and other smaller works.
1875 Dissolution of the Partnership between Thomas Meik and William David Nisbet, in the profession of Civil Engineers, at Sunder/land, in the county of Durham, and elsewhere, under the firm of Thomas Meik and William David Nisbet, by mutual consent; the business was carried on by Thomas Meik, on his separate account, later becoming Thomas Meik and Sons.