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William Renny Findlay #1
(21 Aug 1810 – 22 Feb 1872)

The narrative that follows is reproduced from Alexander (Sandy) Waddell's invaluable summary in his biographical document FINDLAY WHO'S WHO.

Who's Who entry for william-renny Smith Findlay

[There's a slight typo: "Remy" should of course read "Renny".]

As far as I can tell, there were no Scottish bank failures between that of the Western Bank of Scotland in Nov 1857 and that of the City of Glasgow Bank in Oct 1878; a number of small English banks failed in the 1866/67 period, but it's debatable whether these would have affected WRF #1 five years later. Sandy certainly implies that the stroke (CVA) was almost immediately fatal, and was precipitated by the failure of Glasgow banks in any case.

The manager of Nobel's explosives factory in Ardeer was Gustav Henrik Lundholm (1861 – 1925)

The Young Turks of the Teacher ("Highland Cream" whisky) family would have been William Jr and Adam, sons of the founder William Teacher (d 1876).

But no trace of the Berguis Engine Company seems to remain.