Records of David King & Sons Ltd, iron founders, Glasgow, Scotland

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  • 1 catalogue.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1873, David King, former manager of McDowall Steven & Co's Milton Foundry, acquired the old Saxon Foundry in Keppochill Road, Glasgow and, along with his son John King, started his own business. Continuing success enabled the company to expand, and in 1887 a new site in Possilpark, Glasgow, was obtained and became Keppoch Iron Works.

The company manufactured a wide range of architectural, sanitary, ornamental, and constructional iron work products, (including bandstands, baths, and manhole covers) and made a considerable contribution to the city's landscape. Many of these products were exported around the world to countries including India; China; Japan; Australia; New Zealand; Egypt; South Africa; Canada, and South and Central America.

After the death of David King, the Company was run by his son, John King, along with his three brothers David, Robert, and Donald. John King guided the Company into the new century, directing and controlling its operations. He contributed widely to civic life as a director of the Magdalene Institution, councillor for Cowlairs Ward and, in 1901, Senior Magistrate for Glasgow. He also held a seat on the Maryhill School Board.

David King & Sons Ltd became a subsidiary of Federated Foundries Ltd in 1947, which amalgamated with Allied Ironfounders Ltd in 1965. The Keppoch Iron Works was demolished in 1968.


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Deposited by People's Palace Museum, Glasgow, Dec 2002 (Accn 2327)

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The item was deposited by Norfolk Museums Service to the People's Palace, Glasgow.


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GB 0248 DC 034/65-90, Grangemouth Iron Co Ltd

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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by John O'Brien, 2002. Catalogue edited and converted to Encoded Archival Description by Emma Anthony, Assistant Archivist 9 February 2012.

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