Sweet factory Glasgow.....

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Sweet factory Glasgow.....

Post by cocobelle » Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:08 pm


My ggrandmother's sister was living in Glasgow & in the 1891 census she is a confectionary maker. Anyone any idea of sweet factories in the area & how you would get records, if there were any !!!!

Many thanks, Angela

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Post by CatrionaL » Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:46 pm


A warm welcome to Talking Scot!

It might be helpful if you could tell us which area of Glasgow your ggrandmother's sister was living in at the time.


Best wishes for succesful searching.


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Re: Sweet factory Glasgow

Post by Tracey » Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:48 pm

cocobelle wrote:Hi,

My ggrandmother's sister was living in Glasgow & in the 1891 census she is a confectionary maker. Anyone any idea of sweet factories in the area & how you would get records, if there were any !!!!

Many thanks, Angela
Hi Angela

Welcome to Talkingscot :D

I've no idea but if (when) you have an address you might click on the "Sources" tab above then look for The Mitchell Library Glasgow and that will take you to the Virtual Mitchell - you may find a photo of where you are looking for :?:

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Post by WilmaM » Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:56 pm

If I remember correctly, a lot of sweetie shops made thier own 'confections' in the back shop.

I read an auto biography about a Gorbles childhood that I'm sure mentioned such things - I'm racking my brains to remember #-o .

So you may not find anything official employment in a factory, as we would know it.

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Post by Davie » Fri Jan 27, 2006 8:13 am

There were several confectionery factories in Glasgow.
"Sweetie works" as we called them.
I can mind Nestlles in Duke street.
When the weaving industry finished in Glasgow and Paisley, a lot of the old premises got converted into sweetie and biscuit factories.
The Lambertons had a place in the Gorbals
I think the factory was in Thistle Street

1881 census

Dwelling: Kirkton Aytoun Road
Census Place: Govan, Lanark, Scotland

Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Alexander LAMBERTON M 40 M Paisley, Renfrew, Scotland
Rel: Head
Occ: Confectioner Master Employing 67 Men 80 Women & 88 Girls
Jessie LAMBERTON M 32 F Kilwinning, Ayr, Scotland
Rel: Wife
Hugh LAMBERTON 4 M Pollockshields, Renfrew, Scotland
Rel: Son
Janet C. LAMBERTON 8 m F Pollockshields, Renfrew, Scotland
Rel: Daughter
Jeanie FANCY U 16 F Kilmaurs, Ayr, Scotland
Rel: Servant
Occ: General Serv (Domestic)

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Buchanans Factory

Post by hudggy » Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:37 pm

There was Buchanan's Factory in Ann Street Cowcaddens closed in the 1960s. In fact they were the family who started the Rechabyte Religeous Movement in Glasgow in 1800s. try the Mitchell Library

Ps Spelling may be wrong.

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Post by ellenavon » Fri Jan 27, 2006 8:41 pm

Sorry to hijack the thread, but my husband is descended from Buchanans the confectioners. Was not aware of the religious connection - must investigate. Thanks for that Hudggy!


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Post by momat » Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:29 am

Don't know if this is of any help but thought I would mention it.

In the book "The Gorbals" there is a 1870 picture of Factory for
a John Gray & Co Wholesale and Export Confectioners
at 20 Commercial Road ,Makers of Scotch Marmalade,
Jams ,Orange,Lemon & Citron Peel [Candied & Drained].
We tend to think of Confectioners as Sweetie makers but they produced preserves too.

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Post by Clydesdale » Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:54 am

Hello cocobelle,

If it is the Gorbals area you are interested in to find the sweetie factory, then you may like to post a notice on this board. You might get some feedback.


I wish you luck. The only sweetie factory I can think of is Birrell's Milady Chocolates on the Gt Western Road at Anniesland - my mother worked there before she married.

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Post by Scottishlass » Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:26 pm

Anyone familar with Glickman's on London Rd ?

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