J. Caird Parker

Ironfounder and ironmonger

B/W Advertisement for J. Caird Parker, 'Glasgow Building Trades Exchange', 1898, p. 204

'J. C. Parker & Co.' also known as John Caird Parker & Co., were ironfounders and ironmongers, who opened for business at 22 Hope Street, Glasgow around 1890. 1 J. C. Parker (c. 1846–1925) had been apprenticed to an ironmonger in Ayr, and had then worked in Glasgow as an ironmonger's traveller, or sales representative, in the 1870s and 1880s. 2 His own business occupied premises previously used by a similar firm, who had gone bankrupt. 3 When the Caledonian Railway Company extended Central Station in 1895, Parker was affected and moved, eventually working from 13 and 15 Waterloo Street. 4

Various relatives worked with Parker, including namesake John Parker (born c. 1855–1933; not his son), who acted as a clerk, and David Caldwell Parker (c. 1888–1937). 5

In 1909, the Parkers began advertising their patented 'Redglow' fireplaces, and 'Sunglow' and 'Sunbeam' kitchen ranges, which they also manufactured. 6 J. C. Parker retired in 1912, only to see his son John Caird Parker Junior (c. 1896–1916), killed in action during the war. 7 The business was continued by John Parker as sole partner, and branched into heating engineering and fireplace construction. D. C. Parker was head of the firm at his own death in 1937. 8

John Caird Parker was a friend of William Macdougall, Glasgow agent for the famous Carron Ironworks if Falkirk, and Parker's commemorative presentation to the Macdougalls on their silver wedding was reported in the newspapers. 9


1: Glasgow Post Office directories, 1880–1920.

2: Census information, www.ancestry.co.uk; wills search, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [both accessed 24 February 2013].

3: Scotsman, 31 August 1887, p. 4; 20 October 1887, p.2; Glasgow Herald, 14 May 1891, p. 9.

4: Glasgow Herald, 1 June 1895, p. 1; Glasgow Post Office directories, 1880–1920.

5: Census information, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 24 February 2013]; Edinburgh Gazette, 13 October 1936, p. 866; 21 January 1938, p. 81.

6: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1909–10, p. 533.

7: Edinburgh Gazette, 10 January 1913, p. 60; Casualty Details, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx; Merrylea Parish Church Memorial, Scottish War Memorials Project, www.warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com [both accessed 23 February 2013].

8: Edinburgh Gazette, 13 October 1936, p. 866; 21 January 1938, p. 81.

9: Falkirk Herald, 3 September 1898, p. 4; Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1890–1, p. 393.