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Vulcan Foundry, Glasgow

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Vulcan Foundry, Washington Street, Glasgow.

Robert Napier extended his operations to marine engineering at the Camlachie Foundry. Business having prospered there, he then acquired the larger and more convenient Vulcan Foundry in Washington Street.

1828 Robert Napier established the Vulcan Foundry near the foot of Washington Street.

After David Napier moved to London, Robert leased, and ultimately purchased, the still more extensive Lancefield Foundry.

Around 1840 Kirkpatrick MacMillan (1812-1878) worked at the Vulcan Foundry

1850 Alexander Carnegie Kirk began a 5-year apprenticeship at the Vulcan Foundry.

1851 J. R. Napier - Great Exhibition[1].

1861 David Kirkaldy worked at the Vulcan Foundry for many years, finally leaving in 1861[2].

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