Ojax Ventilator Co.

Suppliers of ventilators

The Ojax Ventilator Company first appears in the Glasgow Post Office Directory in 1899–1900, under 'Names Too Late for Classification'. It is probably no coincidence that the agent for this previously-unpublicised ventilator was Patrick S. Honeyman, the lawyer brother of John Honeyman. 1 It is not known whether John Honeyman himself designed the 'Ojax', but his firm certainly used it, and his brother at Black, Honeyman & Monteath's legal firm represented its (unnamed) manufacturers until Patrick's retiral in 1902. 2 That year, regular Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh contractors James Grant, wrights and builders, of 128 Pitt Street, were listed as producing the ventilators, although it is unclear whether they had acquired the manufacturing rights from someone else, or if they were themselves the Ojax patentees. Grant's firm continued to produce the ventilators until at least 1910. 3


1: John Honeyman, D.S.A. Architect Biography Report; John James Honeyman, D.S.A. Architect Biography Report, Dictionary of Scottish Architects, www.scottisharchitects.org.uk [accessed 15 July 2012].

2: Edinburgh Gazette, 10 October 1902, p. 1014.

3: Glasgow Post Office directories, 1902–11.