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CodeNA4565
Dates1846-
Person NameJohn Fyfe Granite Merchants; 1846-; Aberdeen
EpithetAberdeen
ActivityJohn Fyfe was born at Newhills, then just outside Aberdeen, in 1830. He took over a quarry at Tyrebagger Hill, Aberdeen, in 1846 at the death of his father, and following considerable success he moved the company to the quarries at Kemnay in 1857. The company was the largest granite-quarrying firm in the north, supplying granite for the Forth and Tay Bridges, the Thames embankment, and other major projects. Closer to home, the firm supplied granite for the rebuilding of Marischal College, Aberdeen, in the early years of the twentieth century: the building is the second largest granite construction in Europe after El Escorial in Spain. John Fyfe was on the University building committee, and died in 1906. By 1997 the firm was based at Westhill Industrial Estate, Aberdeen, supplying grey and red granite from different quarries. It now trades under the name of Fyfe Glenrock.
Corporate NameJohn Fyfe Granite Merchants
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