Bruce Peebles were
manufacturers of transformers, motors and generators, in Edinburgh.
the company was founded in a small workshop at
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, to make gas meters. It was founded
when David Bruce Peebles moved to Edinburgh. David Bruce
Peebles was born in Dundee in 1826. He died in 1899.
the company bought land at Hill-House Field, Bonnington and built larger premises
there, named 'Tay Works'.
In the 1890s, the company was
also manufacturing gas engines and in 1898 they began manufacturing
electrical equipment, beginning with dynamos.
In 1903, the company moved to
new works at East Pilton. These lay to the east of Pilton Drive and
on the north side of the old Caledonian railway line (now a walkway and cycle path).
Manufacture of transformers
began in 1925.
During World War II,
1939-45, the company turned its attention to
the war effort, producing searchlights, minesweeping equipment,
anti-aircraft guns, a multiple rocket projector, the PIAT
mortar and pontoons for Mulberry harbours, used for D-day.
Construction of a large new transformer shop at East Pilton
in 1961. (This was where the fire occurred in 1999.)
The works were within easy
reach of Granton Harbour, through which some of the larger transformers
In 1967, the company became
merged with Reyrolle Parsons of Newcastle to form Parsons Peebles.
In 1977, the company became
part of Northern Engineering Industries and in 1984, it was re-named NEI
the company was acquired by Rolls Royce.
In 1992, following a merger of
NEI and Rolls Royce, the company was re-named Rolls Royce Peebles
In 1998, the business was sold
by Rolls Royce to the Austrian company, VA Technologie AG, and it and
became VA TECH Peebles Transformers Ltd.
1999, a major fire at
the East Pilton plant prevented further production there, so the company
moved to a new factory erected at
A new factory was erected at
Bath Road, Leith Docks. Production of transformers there began in
September 2000 and continued until around
Later in 2005, the company was acquired by Siemens and became Siemens
Transmission & Distribution Ltd. No more transformers are being
produced in Leith, but the company continues to look after its
transformers already installed and Siemens transformers manufactured
overseas, particularly in Germany