Dumbarton Glass Works

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Dumbarton Glass Works (1776-1850)


This works was established in 1876/7 on the east bank of the River Leven and west of the St Mary's Collegiate Church. It came to be associated with the Dixon family, also known for the Govan Iron Works.

The works demanded coal and the Knightswood Waggonway brought coal from Knightswood to the River Clyde in Yoker where it was transported by vessel to the glass works. In 1806 the Calder Coal Co had a contract to provide 25,000 carts of coal annually. Kelp was sourced from the Highlands.

The works produced most of the glass in Scotland and exported widely.

With the death of several members of the Dixon family the works was in decline in the 1830 and many staff left to work in newer works elsewhere. By 1850 it was bankrupt and the site later became the Leven Engine Works and, from 1850, was crossed by the Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway.

The Artisan Bridge, built in 1973, crosses the Leven passing through the former site. Its name recalls the former works. In the town is the Artisan Shopping Centre.


Glass works

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


  /  /1771William Dixon (Senior)
Leaves Northumberland, takes control of Govan Colliery. Son of John Dixon, formerly of Sunderland, later manager of the Dumbarton Glass Works.
  /  /1850William Denny and Brothers Ltd
The site of the former Dumbarton Glass Works becomes an engine works.