A. McKenzie Ross

Slater, plasterer and general building contractor

Slaters, plasterers and general building contractors A. MacKenzie Ross (also A. McKenzie Ross), Glasgow, were a 20th-century offshoot of an old family business. 1 Andrew McKenzie Ross Senior (born around 1814) was a master slater, who employed eight men in 1851, and traded as 'Andrew M. Ross'. 2 After Andrew Senior's retirement in 1876, Andrew Junior (c. 1850–c. 1902) and Alexander Munro Ross (c. 1854–1900) took over the running of their father's firm, which thence became known as A. M. Ross & Sons. 3

The brothers were also partners in the Easdale Slate Company which shipped slate from their own increasingly uneconomic and poorly equipped island quarries in Argyll; they resigned from this in 1891. 4 However, they expanded their own firm around this time, offering the newly-developed 'granolithic' hard-wearing flooring. 5 They retained city-centre premises around Jamaica Street and also opened a branch in the affluent West End, where they lived. 6

In 1903, after the deaths of both brothers, the 'stocks in trade, plant, furniture ... and all unexecuted contracts ... and the goodwill' were sold to ironmongers Currie & Co. Ltd. 7 They ran 'A. M. Ross & Sons' until c. 1915, operating depots at Port Dundas and Bowling (on the Forth and Clyde Canal), Greenock and Dundee. 8

Alexander's son, Andrew MacKenzie Ross III (born 1880), founded 'A. MacKenzie Ross' in 1903, to continue the contracting side of the firm in his own right, and in 1913 advertised as 'slater, plasterer, general building contractor' at Ann (now Midland) Street and Botanic Gardens Station. 9


1: Glasgow Post Office directories, 1845–1920.

2: Census information, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 17 August 2012].

3: Birth, death, will and census information, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 17 August 2012] and www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 2 September 2012]; Glasgow Post Office directories, 1845–1920.

4: Glasgow Herald, 21 March 1892, p. 1; 'The Slate Industry: History', Slate Islands Heritage Trust, www.slateislands.org.uk/industry.html; 'The Collection: Slate Industry', Easdale Island Folk Museum, www.easdalemuseum.org/collection/index.php [both accessed 17 August 2012].

5: Glasgow Post Office directories, 1845–1920.

6: Glasgow Post Office directories, 1845–1920.

7: Edinburgh Gazette, 24 February 1903, p. 205.

8: Glasgow Post Office directories, 1845–1920.

9: Birth and census information, www.ancestry.co.uk and www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 15 August 2012]; Edinburgh Gazette, 24 February 1903, p. 205; Glasgow Post Office directories, 1845–1920; Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1913–14, p. 572.