Records of Glenfield & Kennedy Ltd, Hydraulic engineers, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Administrative records 1865-1966
  • Financial records 1868-1970
  • Staff records 1887-1968
  • Production records 1872-1970

Administrative / Biographical History

Kennedy Patent Water Meter Co Ltd was formed in  1863  from a syndicate of four partners and marketed the water meter patented by Thomas Kennedy, snr, and a local clockmaker. In  1865  the  Glenfield Co Ltd was formed to supply castings and undertake general foundry work. The two companies shared a site in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland, the derelict printworks from which Glenfield took its name. In  1899  the two companies merged to form  Glenfield & Kennedy Ltd . The major growth period was  between 1871 and 1904  , under the direction of Thomas Kennedy (nephew of Thomas Kennedy, snr). 'The Glen' became an important hydraulic engineering concern in Britain, with substantial export orders to most parts of the world. It had several subsidiary companies, including:

Alley & MacLellan Ltd, founded in  1875  in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland, manufactured valves and later compressors, vacuum pumps and steam engines. It was incorporated in  1902  and was acquired by Glenfield & Kennedy Ltd in the  1940s  .

British Pitometer Co Ltd, incorporated in  1921  in Kilmarnock by Glenfield & Kennedy Ltd.

Hydrautomat Ltd, later Hydrautomat (1931) Ltd, incorporated in  1924  in London by Glenfield & Kennedy Ltd. Went into voluntary liquidation and reformed in  1931  .

Compagnie Francaise d'appareils Glenfield & Kennedy, Paris, France, ceased trading in  1912  .


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Loan : Glenfield & Kennedy Ltd, Kilmarnock : c1972

Loan : Strathclyde Regional Archives : 24 January 1992 : ACCN*156

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom.

Manual file list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)1626) and London (NRA16124)

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures

Custodial History

The material on loan from Strathclyde Regional Archives was originally deposited there in November 1977, where its reference number was TD500.


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Morns, T A,A Romance of Industrial Engineering(Kilmarnock, 1939)

Additional Information

This material is original

Compiled by Jenny Cooknell, Assistant Archivist, 22 October 1999

Updated by  Lesley Richmond , Acting Director, 3 March 2000

Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 14 February 2002