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W. and A. McOnie

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1860. Exhibit at the L'Adventure du Sucre, Mauritius.
1860. Detail. Exhibit at the L'Adventure du Sucre, Mauritius.
1881 Inscription on furnace door. Barbados, St Nicholas Abbey.
Sugarcane mill ruins in Yabucoa Puerto Rico.
Sugarcane mill ruins in Yabucoa Puerto Rico.
Sugarcane mill ruins in Yabucoa Puerto Rico.
Sugarcane mill ruins in Yabucoa Puerto Rico.
Sugarcane mill ruins in Yabucoa Puerto Rico.
Hacienda Los Trapiches, Costa Rica
Hacienda Los Trapiches, Costa Rica
Hacienda Los Trapiches, Costa Rica
Hacienda Los Trapiches, Costa Rica
Hacienda Los Trapiches, Costa Rica

of Scotland Street Engine works, Glasgow

1840 P. and W. McOnie was established by the 3 brothers McOnie to manufacture sugar machinery in Glasgow.

By 1848 the McOnie's concern had manufactured fifty engines and fifty mills. In that year the partnership was dissolved.

1848 Peter McOnie joined with James Buchanan Mirrlees, forming McOnie and Mirrlees.

1851 William McOnie and Andrew McOnie formed W. and A. McOnie

1857 W. and A. McOnie made sugar refinery machinery, including large waterwheel, supplied to Arnos Vale sugar factory, Tobago[1]

1866 Completed and dispatched a 60-hp engine, shafting and boilers to Japan. The steam hammers for the same place were made by Glen and Ross and the planing punching and plate-bending machines by Thomas Shanks and Co

1881 Employing 252 men and boys.[2]

1883 McOnie Harvey and Co was formed by the amalgamation of Harvey's and McOnie's.

1886 Partnership dissolved. 'The Copartnery of W. and A. M'Onie, Engineers and Millwrights, in Glasgow, of which the subscribers were the sole partners, has been dissolved by arrangement, as on the 30th day of June, 1885. The business in all its branches will in future be carried on under the firm of W. and W. M'Onie, by the subscriber William M'Onie, jun., who is authorized to collect all debts due to, and who will pay all debts due by, the dissolved concern. William M'Onie. Andrew M'Onie. William M'Onie, junr. Andrew M'Onie, junr....'[3]

1886 Andrew McOnie died.



  • McOnie of Glasgow. Sugar processing plant reported seen in Grenada
  • 2015 W. and A. McOnie machine manufactured in Glasgow in 1865 seen in full working order in Costa Rica. For a video of the machine in working order, click [here]

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Sources of Information

  1. 'Old Glory' magazine No. 232, June 2009, features recent photographs on p.39
  2. 1881 Census
  3. The London Gazette Publication date:26 March 1886 Issue:25572 Page:1494
  • The Engineer of 23rd February 1866 p134