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Our thanks to Robert [Rab] Smith the ex Office Sales Manager who tells the story:

  1. Lamberton Anecdotes - Tom Frew

  2. Memories of Lamberton - Tom Frew

  3. The Hydrocon Story -a boys memories of Lambertons by Bob McMillan

Espieside United Soccer Team c1962 - Jim Coats ,Rab Smith ,Gorden Russell.

The Lamberton Story

Andrew Lamberton started his engineering works in 1882. A Coatbridge man and close friend of Andrew Carnegie.   Lamberton became one of Scotland's most notable innovators, building his own steam engines, pumping water from the coalmines and creating rolling mills for the steelworks.

Spreading far beyond his native Lanarkshire, he built lead mills and equipment for the goldmines of South Africa.

Continuity was important in 1927, when Andrew Lamberton's son Jack took over as chairman, in time for the problems of the Depression, which ground much of the nation's machinery to a halt.

''Lamberton was down to one man, who opened the mail.  If there was any work in the post, he went down to the Fountain, in the town, and collected enough men to come up and do the job.''

Unfortunately, it took the approach of the Second World War to create business, which included the building of machinery to make shells. In the post-war period, Lamberton resumed its service to the steelworks, building rolling mills for people like Colvilles.

They were also making forgings and licensing their processes to the Italians. As a result, you will find Lamberton machinery, like forgings for gear-boxed and crankshafts, in Fiat factories all over the world.

The Building

Main range and offices probably built c1870 for William Baird & Co, iron and coalmasters, to manufacture their Gartsherrie coal cutter first successful Scottish machine of this type. Acquired 1880 by Lamberton and Co, engineers, who made heavy machinery for iron and steel industries.

MAIN RANGE: brick with painted brick voussoirs above arched opening. Steel roof trusses with corrugated iron cladding and strip glazing. S elevation tall arched windows with timber-framed multi-pane glazing in lower part of wall, grouped 2+2+2+2+2+2+6 W-E, 6 bays on E may are later. Name LAMBERTON painted above central windows. Cast iron band steel strip tie plates, irregularly spaced. Cills and eaves band moulded brick. Extension to E, lower part brick, upper part corrugated iron clad, roof slated strip glazing. W ELEVATION: gabled, glazed at 2 levels with round-headed windows.

6 windows on upper level, 3 on lower level, modern sliding door below 3 N windows. Name LAMBERTON painted above upper windows. Gable head corrugated iron clad, so roof may originally have been piended. Other elevations obscured.

INTERIOR: wrought iron in roof extended to E in steel, N wall slapped out and carried on steel lattice stanchions which also carries travelling cranes, one of them fish-bellied.

Robert [Rab] Smith the ex Office Sales Manager takes up the story again:

Some of the companies, that Lambertons did sub-contract work for:

  • ABB Vetco Gray in Aberdeen- Oil Equipment for the North Sea :

  • Haliburton in  Arbroath- Drilling Equip. for the Rigs:

  • Howden Group in Glasgow- Wind Turbines etc.:

  • Sheffield Forgemasters in Sheffield- name speaks for itself:

  • Shepley Engineers in Cumbria - Stainless steel parts for
    Brittish Neuclear Fuel.:

  • McTaggart Scott in Loanhead Edinburgh- Mainly work for the Ministry of Defence

 Originally we worked to planning sheets supplied by them, which was for the old style boring mills, using a line boring bar, since the new machines were very accurate when turning the table I re-planned to suit. Again I was told on your head be it, well to cut it short, the quality was better, the customer very happy, to the point of their M. D. asking Goldie for a copy of my planning, which I supplied.  

Cameron Iron Works in Livingstone- They had a multi-ram closed die forging press, 30,000 ton, the largest in the world, which worked in conjunction with a three station 9,000 ton press. They could extrude seamless pipe, which they did for torpedoes, using their own design of jaws.
There lots more, but I'll not bore you, I remember that we were going to brick up the windows, as the kids kept breaking them with stones. We were stopped by council, and had to get permission, to install wire mesh on the outside.

1991 is the year I believe the company folded 

Hi there...
I just returned from a vacation in Glasgow, and while on the train to see my cousin we stopped at Coatbridge and I saw the Lamberton's Building. Curious, I googled it when I returned home to Canada as my father used to work there before immigrating to Canada in 1968.  In your Lamberton's Group photo circa 1963 - I managed to see him!  That was great - as I do not have a copy of that photo.   My dad passed away 3 years ago this November 7th after a long battle with cancer.  He is marked as "unknown" in the photo - and I was hoping that you could put a name to his face.  He was born James Forrester White but most called him "Jim (Big Jim ) White".

Sorry - I forgot to mention that he is number #33 in that photo.
I thank you in advance,
April M. White
Vancouver, BC Canada

Hi Tom
I was just checking some family history place data, myself being descended from a Thomas Boyd b 1791 who was married in Old Monkland to a Janet Wotherspoon,
Noted the name Lambertons with interest - I worked for many years for Distington Engineering in Workington, where latterly we designed and project-managed continuous casting plants worldwide.
Recall that a big amount of engineering work was regularly subcontracted to Lambertons, so our Expeditors etc should have been no strangers to you or your colleagues !
Seem to remember too that the Workington Moss Bay railmaking plant had a big 'Lambertons Straightener' too.

David Boyd

Hi John
Thanks for the offer of help with Lamberton family research. I have more or less found all the family on this side, however have some verification to do with the records office. I am now trying to put the meat on the bones so to speak such as finding out a little more on the Lamberton factory. I have a little but not much and as I said to Tom I would send it on. For the sake of posterity I would love to find a name plate or something similar with the Lamberton name so if you ever hear of anything you could let me know.
Regards Ian Lamberton





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