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Douglas and Grant Engineering

 

Douglas and Grant Engineering, Dunnikier Foundry, Cupar, Fife was founded by Robert Douglas b 1822, a son of Rev Robert Douglas), Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire.

The origin of the firm can be traced to the Stratheden Foundry, Cupar, in which Robert Douglas bought shares in the early 1830s. By the 1850s some general foundry work was being carried out in Kirkcaldy and by the 1870s, the partnership of Douglas and (Lewis) Grant was specialising in the manufacture of steam engines. In the early twentieth century the firm diversified into the production of rice-milling machinery for export and in 1912 established branches in Rangoon, Saigon and Tanjore to develop this market. Douglas & Grant was incorporated as a limited company in the same year.

In 1926 the original firm went into voluntary liquidation and was re-organised as Lewis C Grant. This company was incorporated in 1951.

Charles Edward Douglas b.1871, d. 1952  Kirkcaldy,  was an engineer at his father's engineering company and travelled all over Asia selling the company's most well known device, the steam driven rice mill. One of these rice mills is still at work in the Irawaddy Delta in Burma. Copies of his diaries made during these journeys at the turn of the last century,  are available from the Dundee University Archives.

The company provided equipment that enable southern Australia's first ship repair facilities to be built.  This new ‘Dunnikier’ slip was shipped from Scotland to Port Adelaide in two lots during 1862. The installation of the slip began that same year. It was built on the western side of Fletcher’s Slip. The new slip was very large and designed to take 2000 tons.

The company was also registered as a manufacturer of paper-making equipment.

This page was last updated on 11 January 2012

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