The Port Street Works Showroom

The front of the Port Street Showroom in 1908

The Port Street Works “Long Saloon” Showroom in 1908

“The late Mr Robert Moubray of Cambus, a valued customer, stated that his father had given the firm one of its first orders, if not the very first, to make an improved two-seated gig, with the result that it turned out the first gig made in Scotland.  At that time there were very few coachmakers in Scotland.  There was no instruction to be had, no work to copy, no choice of materials from makers of special parts, as there is now; every part had to be designed and made, and the details of construction had to be evolved from the brain.

Another order was to build a family carriage for Sir David Baird, on his return from the great Indian and Peninsular wars, in which, next to the Duke of Wellington, he had been a brave and skilful leader.  To show the susbstantial character of the work, this carriage, built in 1816, was finally broken up in the firm's yard in Port Street so late as 1896, the body timbers still fresh and good, after being in use for 80 years”.

Taken from an article published in the Stirling Observer on 27th May 1908.

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