A history of Fergusson Coal
Take a look at our timeline dating back to 1926
Fergusson Coal was founded by Thomas Henry Fergusson in 1926. This pictured was estimated to be taken in 1916, ten years before he established the company. It’s hard to tell, but in this photograph he has an artificial leg below the left knee, war injury. At this time, Tam – as he was known – was working in the local mines. When he established the company in 1926 he delivered coal around the Stirling area by horse and cart.
Here is a picture of our founder’s four-year-old son Hamish Fergusson driving his first car! The photo was taken in 1939, and in the background you can see one of his father’s first coal lorries, a Fordson, full stocked with bags of coal ready to go out for delivery.
This photograph was taken around 1953 of some of the Fergusson Coal lorries and drivers in the Stirling depot. Kneeling in the centre is Hamish Fergusson, aged 18, and in the background you can see the wooden railway wagons, which brought in coal from the local colliers.
When Hamish’s father passed away in 1967, he went on to run the business. Hamish and his wife Cecilia had four sons, who all grew up in the business delivering coal.
Sons Tom and Alan joined the business full time. Here is a picture of Tom and Alan with their father Hamish working in the coal yard in Stirling.
Fergusson Coal is joint owned and managed by brothers Tom and Alan Fergusson and has grown from a horse and cart in Stirling to one of the leading solid fuel suppliers in the UK. Fergusson Coal is a nationwide retailer and distributor of domestic and industrial solid fuels sourced both from the indigenous industry and from abroad.
At the end of 2016 Fergusson Coal was acquired by the CPL Industries Group, who are the leading suppliers of solid fuel in the UK.