Merchiston Foundry

  • Walker Brothers
  • Merchiston Foundry Ltd.
Illus: “Works” in Smith Street, 1963 Ordnance Survey Map (National Library of Scotland).

Sites & Monuments Record

Smith Street, Bainsford     SMR 707NS 889 815


1911: Founded by three brothers, William, James and Robert Walker, at Burnbank.

1946: Moved to Smith Street, and in March became a limited company.

1976: William Walker died and his son Brian took his place as a partner.

1957: New pattern store.

1984: “All grades grey iron cast, max. wt. 10,000kg, SG iron also cast, 3 tonnes max.  Machine moulding up to 120kg.  Full range of non-ferrous castings up to 2 tonnes.  General engineering castings.  Loose and plate moulding up to 140kg.  Snap moulding up to 60kg.  Employment range 51-100.”

1985: Closed.


  • 1911: 6
  • 1964: 130

G.B. Bailey, 2021