Adam’s Foundry

Sites & Monuments Records

Howgate, FalkirkNS 889 798


1839: Robert Adam set up business in Falkirk as a lock and hinge maker.  He lived in the Back Row, and presumably this was where he worked.

c1857: Moved to the Howgate, now employing 4 men and 4 apprentices as locksmiths.

1862: Robert Adam died and his eldest son, Alexander took over the business.  Over the following years he developed it as a safe-making works.  He also manufactured nails and bolts and became an iron and steel merchant.  It is probable that there was a small furnace for casting brass hinges and lock plates, but most of the work was of an engineering nature.

1898: Alexander Adam died and his sons, Alexander and John, continued to run the firm.

1910: The works referred to as Adam’s Foundry.

1930s: Commenced production of steel office furniture such as filing cabinets and desks.  Won contracts with the new Zealand Government Railways.

1943: Alexander died and John retired.  Neither had married and there were no heirs to take over, so the business was closed.


1861: 8

G.B. Bailey, 2021