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
  /  /1830William Baird and Company
James Baird becomes manager of company.
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.
  /08/1839William Baird and Company
Stop paying dues for hot blast patent.
  /  /1843William Baird and Company
16 blast furnaces now in operation at Gartsherrie Iron Works with an annual capacity of 100,000 tons, 8 new blast furnaces opened on the east bank of the Monkland Canal's Gartsherrie branch.
  /  /1843William Baird and Company
William Baird & Company taken to court for not paying despite patent on hot blast method of iron making. The Bairds lose.
  /  /1845William Baird and Company
New works opened at Eglinton Iron Works, Ayrshire.
  /  /1846Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
Sunnyside Junction re-modeled to allow expansion of William Baird and Company Gartsherrie Ironworks. William Baird and Company was the contractor for the work.
  /  /1860William Baird and Company Forth and Clyde Canal Baird's Private Railway
Open mines at Twechar, Twechar Swing Bridge laid across the Forth and Clyde Canal for the private line which ran from Kilsyth to Gartshore Loops on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.
  /  /1860William Baird and Company
Quarter Colliery Pit No 1 [Denny] 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 Colliery Pit No 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 at Auchinstarry.
  /  /1872Whitelaw Fountain
In memory of Alexander Whitelaw, partner in William Baird and Company, who organised the raising of the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway onto a bridge in 1847, rather than crossing the road over the Monkland Canal in Coatbridge with a level crossing.
  /  /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.
  /  /1880William Baird and Company
Raasay Iron Railway
Opens iron mines on Raasay.
  /  /1880William Baird and Company
Opens mines in Sierra Leone.
  /  /1885Dumbreck Colliery
Sinking started by William Baird and Company.
  /  /1889Bothwell Castle Colliery Pits Nos 3 and 4
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 General Terminus (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 Company's Anchor ironstone pits bing.
  /11/1900St Flanan Mine
Starts to be sunk by William Baird and Company.
  /  /1913Raasay Iron Railway
Opened by William Baird and Company to connect Inverarish Ore Mine 1 to a plant and pier at Suisnish Pier.
  /04/1914Auchenreoch Colliery
Lightning strikes and destroys a chimney at the William Baird and Company pit.
  /  /1922Riddochill Mine (Bathgate)
To William Baird and Company.
  /  /1922Mosside Mine (Bathgate)
To William Baird and Company from Gavin Paul & Sons.
  /  /1922Boghead Mine (Bathgate)
To William Baird and Company from Gavin Paul & Sons.
  /  /1930Carriden Mine (Bo'ness)
Taken over by William Baird and Company.
  /08/1931Dalmellington Ironworks
Company goes into liquidation but is bought by William Baird and Company who also bought 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 Colliery No 1
This pit (to the south of the Kelvin Valley Railway's Kilsyth [1st] station and opened by Merry and Cunninghame) closed by William Baird and Company.
  /  /1939William Baird and Company
Absorb the Scottish Iron and Steel Company to create Bairds and Scottish Steel.
  /  /1963William Baird and Company
Decline to buy back the Gartsherrie Iron Works post nationalisation.
  /04/1965William Baird and Company
Twechar Shed and Works closed.
  /  /1967William Baird and Company
Former possession Gartsherrie Iron Works closed, although its associated concrete works remained open (concrete can be made from slag).