Records of Grant Ritchie and Co, Engineers, Kilmarnock

Scope and Content

  • Drawings of horizontal winding engine, 1918
  • Drawings of horizontal winding engine, soleplate and castings, 1922
  • Drawings of horizontal haulage engine, 1923-1925
  • Drawings of horizontal air driven haulage engine, 1924
  • Drawings of electrically driven double drum haulage, 1923
  • Drawing of electrically driven endless rope haulage, 1924
  • Drawing of hydraulic mine pump, 1917
  • Drawing of feed pump barrel, 1918
  • Drawing of double acting pump, 1921
  • Drawing of 3-throw pump, 1921
  • Drawing of steam hydraulic pumping engine, 1923
  • Drawing of steam jacketed centrifugal pump, 1925
  • Drawing of rotary engine, 1923
  • Drawings of re-inforced concrete tug engines, 1918
  • Drawings of 0-4-0 saddle tank loco, 1918
  • Drawing of alteration to locomotive cylinders, 1920
  • Drawings of 10" locomotive, 1925
  • Drawing of hydraulic flanging press, c 20th century
  • Drawings of roughing and pinion housing, 1887
  • Drawing of mill extension, 1917
  • Drawing of rolling mill plant, 1918
  • Drawing of plummer block, 1923
  • Drawing of tube mill, 1926
  • Blueprint of 8" throttle valve, c 1898
  • Drawing of 15" throttle valve, c 1913
  • Drawing of 11" throttle valve arrangement, 1920
  • Drawing of 6" throttle valve arrangement, 1922
  • Drawing of 8" throttle valve, 1923
  • Drawing of 6" sluice valve, c 20th century

Administrative / Biographical History

Grant Ritchie and Co, formerly known as Grant Brothers, was a Scottish engineering firm based in Kilmarnock, Scotland. The company's products included steam engines and steam locomotives.

After a fire at Andrew Barclay's Caledonia works in Kilmarnock in 1876, two of his employees named Thomas Grant and William Ritchie set up the firm Grant, Ritchie and Company at Townholme Engine Works in Kilmarnock. The company manufactured steam locomotives. Although the existing business that they took over was named Grant Brothers, it is not known whether there was any family connection to Thomas Grant or if this was just a coincidence.

Grant, Ritchie and Co also built colliery winding engines. A 2400 horsepower engine, which was built for the Victoria Colliery in the 1890s, is currently still preserved in the Scottish Mining Museum. In 1900, the company built a horizontal twin-cylinder, cornish and drop-valve winding engine for Woodhorn Colliery. Between the period of 1879-1920, they built a total of 45 railway locomotives.


Listed by box. Items are generally listed in their original order

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to the Data Protection Act 1998

Acquisition Information

Received prior to the introduction of formal accessioning procedures.


Collection box listed by George Gardner, Volunteer, 16 Feb 2010. Collection level description created by Jennifer Turner, Archives Assistant, 8 Jan 2012.

Other Finding Aids

File list available by request to the Duty Archivist

Geographical Names