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1808 Alexander Galloway, machinist and engineer, 69 High Holborn, London. Note: there was also a John Galloway, machinist and engineer, 39 Brook St, Holborn[1].

1813 Joseph Clement was engaged by Alexander Galloway. Clement was first employed on a lathe and made himself a new set of tools as the ones he had been given were unsatisfactory. Soon after he moved to work for Bramah at Pimlico who better appreciated his skills.

Clement felt that Galloway, although one of the leading tradesmen of his time, missed many opportunities as he had others ambitions than engineering, and rarely supervised his workshops, leaving this to his foremen. Poor engineering judgement was apparent in his design of a cast iron roof for the workshop which collapsed, killing several workmen.

Mid-1820s, Galloways were one of London's largest employers

1826 Galloways (of West Smithfield) were engaged to supply machinery for six vessels to serve the Greeks in their revolution. The work was not completed on time and the workmanship was allegedly of a very poor quality [2].

1827 John Galloway wrote to The Morning Chronicle to defend the achievements of the steam vessel Enterprize to which Galloways had fitted steam engines, the boiler having failed some miles short of the destination[3].

1836 Henry Deacon was apprenticed to Galloway and Sons, a London engineering firm. After Galloway and Sons failed, Michael Faraday arranged for Henry Deacon to join Nasmyth and Gaskell.

1838 Reference to the late Alexander Galloway - this would seem to be the brother of John and hence son of Alexander Galloway senior[4].

1841 Alexander Galloway and Son, engineers, were at West St., 86 Smithfield, London[5].

1847 November 20th. Alexander Galloway, of West Street, Smithfield, died at Claremont Terrace [6]

1850 John Galloway died in June

1852 Galloway and Son, engineers, were at West St., Smithfield[7]; also the address of Galloway and Brothers, merchants.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Post Office Annual Directory, 1808
  2. Cobbett's Weekly Political Register, 29 September 1827
  3. The Morning Chronicle, 27 April 1827
  4. The Morning Post, 23 October 1838
  5. Post Office London Directory, 1841
  6. Berkshire Chronicle,27 November 1847
  7. Post Office London Directory (Small Edition), 1852
  • Biography of Alexander Galloway, ODNB [1]
  • Biography of Henry Deacon, ODNB