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George Smith & Co (fl. 1857-1897).

Responsible for railings at Pollokshields Public School and Melville Street Public School.

George Smith & CoGeorge Smith & Company was begun in 1857 when George Smith, formerly manager with Walter MacFarlane, went into partnership with his brothers Gibson and Alexander Smith and Alexander Mackenzie in direct competition to his former employer to establish the Sun Foundry in Port Dundas. The company was advertised as iron founders and sanitary engineers.

In 1865 they were advertised as art metal workers, iron founders and sanitary engineers. In 1870-71 they built extensive new works at Kennedy Street and North Wallace Street with a show yard at Bothwell Street. By 1874 the success of the company was evident with branches in the major cities of London, Dublin, Manchester and Newcastle.

The company continued to prosper until the infamous collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank in October 1878 greatly affected their finances. To save the company George and Gibson Smith dissolved their partnership and declared bankruptcy leaving Angus McLeod as the sole proprietor. In happier times, in the 1880s, the company exhibited at the Glasgow and Edinburgh Exhibitions but ultimately the company was voluntarily wound up in September 1897.