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Ardeer Foundry mystery
« on: Tuesday 16 November 21 21:20 GMT (UK) »
Im researching George Macgregor born in Thornliebank, Glasgow. (1836-?) and have been told of the family story that he owned the Ardeer Foundry but cannot find any record of this. Im assuming it is a foundry in Ardeer, Motherwell. His brother Gregor, who I cannot find any record of, supposedly had a soup factory.

Does this ring any bells with anyone?

Thanks in advance,
Laurie
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Re: Ardeer Foundry mystery
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 16 November 21 21:34 GMT (UK) »
Have you traced George through the various censuses?  What was his occupation?

Have you found George & Gregor on the 1841 census to confirm Gregor existed?
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Re: Ardeer Foundry mystery
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 16 November 21 21:47 GMT (UK) »
Motherwell Times, 11-3-1898:

PRESENTATION. - On Friday Mr George Mac-
gregor, cashier (late of Motherwell), was pre-
sented with a marble clock and side ornaments by
the employees at Ardeer Foundry, Stevenson,
Ayrshire, as a mark of respect and token of good
wishes on the occasion of his marriage - Mr Alex.
Green being in the chair. Mr James Stewart,
manager, made the presentation, and the recipient
suitably replied. A pleasant evening was after-
wards spent.


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Re: Ardeer Foundry mystery
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 16 November 21 22:04 GMT (UK) »
Kilmarnock Herald, 24-12-1937

From a report of an inquiry into a fatal accident at Ardeer Foundry, where William Leckie McGill fell from scaffolding:

George McGregor (66), iron-
founder, Red Gables, Ardrossan,
managing director of the Ardeer
Foundry Co., Ltd., said that Mc-
Gill was employed as a rigger which
entailed working at great heights.

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Re: Ardeer Foundry mystery
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 16 November 21 22:08 GMT (UK) »
Opening post says he was b around 1836??

Laurie - do you have the right generation as the above George was b about 1871

1901 for Ayrshire shows him  b Motherwell - cashier at iron foundry
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Re: Ardeer Foundry mystery
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 16 November 21 22:26 GMT (UK) »
1881 shows the George above was the son of George (45)  & Isabella.  George snr was b Thorn?bank Renfrewshire but he was a grain miller
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Re: Ardeer Foundry mystery
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 16 November 21 22:36 GMT (UK) »
1901

Gleniffer, Argyle Road, Saltcoats, Ayrshire:

George Macgregor, 31, cashier (iron foundry), b. Motherwell, Lanarkshire
Emily G. Macgregor, wife, 28, b. Bothwell, Lanarkshire
Jane C. Macgregor, daughter, 2, b. Saltcoats
William G. Herd, visitor, 23, house painter, b. Motherwell

In 1891, George is with his parents and family at Motherwell Mill, Dalziel, Lanarkshire, and is a clerk in bridge works. His older brother, John, is a bridge plater.

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Re: Ardeer Foundry mystery
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 16 November 21 22:56 GMT (UK) »
Stevenston is one of what is locally known as the "three towns"; these being Stevenston, Saltcoats. (my home town) and Ardrossan. Their website  https://www.threetowners.net/forum/

Perhaps an enquiry there would advance your enquiry?
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Re: Ardeer Foundry mystery
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 17 November 21 10:28 GMT (UK) »
Thanks everyone for the replies. Yes, id mixed up the 2 Georges! Ive followed the family and extended family through census and other records but he was never recorded as a Foundry owner. Ive just started with newspaper and other records. The Threetowners website is a great shout, thanks.

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