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Reid Brothers (Glasgow) Ltd was an engineering supply business based in Glasgow, Scotland. The firm was established in 1868, and was wound up as a company in around 1990, although the name continues to be used.



Reid Brothers expanded from their Glasgow bases, establishing branches all over the world, including Johannesburg, South Africa, Rhodesia, Zambia. The company was very well known and respected through the 19th and 20th centuries, trading worldwide. Some business activities of Reid Brothers or their shareholders included the Clyde Nail Co. Ltd and the Waverley Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. The involvement of the company overseas seems to have been centred around supplying mining and sugar cane producers. There are records showing the supply of locomotives to customers abroad.[1]

Over time the branches were sold off until only the original Glasgow office was left. Branches were sold to Dowson & Dobson, and in 1969, AFROX purchased Reid Brothers (South Africa).

Current business

The trading name continues as part of Barnbury Enterprises Ltd who purchased the business in 1988 from a Mr Reid, who was a descendent of the Reids who established the business in 1868. The business, along with three members of staff, established themselves in premises in Govan.


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