William Baird and Company



Dates

  /  /1828William Baird and Company
Construction of Gartsherrie Iron Works begins, to be 8 blast furnaces on the west side of the Monkland Canal's Gartsherrie branch.
  /  /1830William Baird and Company
Company founded by Alexander Baird for five of his eight sons
04/05/1830William Baird and Company
Production starts of first hot blast furnace at Gartsherrie Iron Works.
  /11/1830William Baird and Company
Cold blast used due to technical problems at Gartsherrie Iron Works.
  /10/1831William Baird and Company
Hot blast re-introduced at Gartsherrie Iron Works.
11/09/1832William Baird and Company
Second blast furnace in operation at Gartsherrie Iron Works.
  /  /1843William Baird and Company
16 blast furnaces At Gartsherrie Iron Works now in operation with annual capacity of 100,000 tons, 8 new blast furnaces opened on the east bank of the Monkland Canal's Gartsherrie branch.
  /  /1860Quarter Colliery
Opened in Dunipace by William Baird and Company for ironstone and later coal
  /  /1860Gartshore Colliery Pits 9 and 11
Sunk by William Baird and Company to the south of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
  /  /1865Twechar Pit 1
Opened to the north of the Forth and Clyde Canal by William Baird and Company for ironstone and later coal
  /  /1870Kames Colliery
Opened by William Baird and Company.
  /  /1870William Baird and Company
Starts to build Twechar village
  /  /1870William Baird and Company
Build miners rows and Auchinstarry
  /  /1875Gartshore Colliery
Opened by William Baird and Company beside the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
  /  /1878William Baird and Company
Blast furnaces at Gartsherrie Iron Works start being re-built.
  /  /1885Dumbreck Colliery
Sinking started by William Baird and Company
  /  /1889Bothwell Castle 3&4 colliery / Prior Colliery
Opened by William Baird and Company.
  /  /1893William Baird and Company
Purchase mines at Santander, North Spain and the Monte de Hierro mineral field in south Spain. This traffic was initially received at Glasgow Harbour, but the harbour commissioners soon had plans for a new facility at Rothesay Dock served by the Rothesay Dock Branch (North British Railway and Caledonian Railway).
  /  /1896William Baird and Company
Blast furnaces at Gartsherrie Iron Works all re-built and by-product plant installed.
  /  /1896John G Stein
Opens new brickworks in Denny using William Baird and Companys Anchor ironstone pits Bing
  /11/1900St Flannans Colliery
Starts to be sunk by William Baird and Company
  /04/1914Auchenreoch Colliery
Lightning strikes and destroys a chimney at William Baird and Companys pit
  /08/1931Dalmellington Ironworks
Company goes into liquidation but is bought by William Baird and Company who also bought the Sanquhar and Kirkconnel Collieries to form Bairds and Dalmellington Ltd.
  /  /1934William Baird and Company
Auchinstarry miners rows demolished and the population moved to Croy.
  /12/1936Haugh Pit
This pit, to the south of the Kelvin Valley Railway's Kilsyth [1st] station and opened by Merry and Cunningham, closed by William Baird and Company.
  /  /1963William Baird and Company
Decline to buy back the Gartsherrie Iron Works post nationalisation.
  /04/1965William Baird and Company
Twechar Workshops and Twechar Shed closed.
  /  /1967William Baird and Company
Former possession Gartsherrie Iron Works closed, although its associated concrete works remained open (concrete can be made from slag).