Records of William Baird & Son Ltd, bridge engineers and structural steel erectors, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes 1925-1951
  • Accounts 1910-1924
  • Wages records 1910-1975
  • Order books 1884-1980
  • Correspondence 1907-1963
  • Legal and financial papers 1909-1925
  • Cost and estimate books 1928-1950
  • Specification books 1898-1974
  • Copyright and letters patent records 181-1912
  • Enquiries, tenders and contracts 1910-1913
  • Contract construction programmes 1928-1965
  • Plans 1910-1950
  • Photographs 1894-1974
  • Reports and publicity material c1900-1964

Administrative / Biographical History

In the 1880s  , a business was established to exploit William Baird's patents for lattice girders. Its Temple Iron Works were at Anniesland, Glasgow, and by 1910  the partners in this venture were William Mirrlees Baird and William Connal Warrand. The firm, known as William Baird & Son , gradually expanded into all kinds of structural iron and steel work, but specialised in the construction of bridges. In 1925  the business was incorporated as a limited company, William Baird & Son Ltd , and in 1981  it was liquidated.


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Revised by Jenny Cooknell , Assistant Archivist, 22 July 1999

Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 29 April 2002

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