Carronbank Foundry

Steven & Co

Steven & Wallace

Paul & MacLachlan

Illus: Extract from 1899 Ordnance Survey Map (National Library of Scotland)

Sites & Monument Record

Dryburgh, DennySMR 1057NS 810 825


1857: Established by John Steven a local foundryman with Mr Wyper as foreman.

1883:   Steven’s original site became too small and so the company moved to a new location where their buildings covered an acre of ground.  There were two large cupolas, heavy cranes, etc.  The railway sidings extended for 420 ft within the works.  A steam hoist was fitted by Blackadder Brothers of Falkirk.  New works officially opened in July.

John Bryson Wallace became a partner.

1889: The old buildings stood empty for a period without a tenant.  In 1889 the old site was bought by John Scott, millwright and engineer, Dunipace, for the upset price of £675, and new buildings erected.

1897: Taken over by Paul and MacLachlan who had just sold the newly established works at Comelybank Foundry.  1 acre 22 poles, 6 steel furnaces and 2 annealing furnaces – “buildings of recent construction”.

1899: Shown on Ordnance Survey map as disused.

1901: Paul left to establish Duncarron Foundry and the partnership was dissolved.

1902: MacLachlan, Dryburgh Villa, bought the foundry for £3,000 and became the managing director.  William Bulloch became a part­ner.  When he died MacLachlan and his two sons continued on their own.

1911: The firm became a limited liability company.

1932: William MacLachlan died.

1940:  Marine, sugar and general engineer’s castings.

1945: James Nicholson of Denny Foundry became managing director.

1954: Nicholson died.

1982:  Closed.


1965: 70.

1979: 20.

G.B.Bailey, 2021