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CodeNA8083
Person NameAdam; Alexander; lock, hinge and safe manufacturer, Falkirk
SurnameAdam
ForenamesAlexander
Epithetlock, hinge and safe manufacturer, Falkirk
ActivityAlexander Adam was a lock, hinge and safe manufacturer in Falkirk. The Adams arrived in Falkirk in 1780. Alexander Adam (ancestor) was a skinner and tanner, and bought premises at Eastburn Bridge, Falkirk, in 1788 for use as a tannery. The tanning business was carried on by his sons and grandsons at least into the late 19th century and was known latterly as Walter Adam & Co. Alexander's eldest son was a tanner but emigrated to Holland. He left behind an illegitimate son, Robert Adam, who became a lock and hinge maker and founded what was to become the safe-making business. The safe-making business was carried on by three generations : Robert (1818-1862), his eldest son, Alexander (1846-1898) and two of Alexander's sons, Alexander (1871-c 1940s) and John (1876-c 1940s). The business closed when the last retired or died (date unknown).
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