James Livesey & Co, railway engineering contractors

James Livesey & Co. was a consulting engineering firm set up by James Livesey in 1862. Previously he worked with the Stepehenson family on the Caledonian Railway, Musgraves of Bolton and Beyer Peacock and had also spent time working on railway projects in Spain.

In the early days, much of the company's work took place in South America and was funded by Alexander Henderson, financier and stockbroker. Alongside the engineering consulting business which was focused on railways, James Livesey also designed domestic and industrial products such as a newspaper-folding machine, sanitation systems and grain machinery.

During this period, Alexander Henderson's brother, Brodie Haldane Henderson, served his apprenticeship at James Livesey & Co. Haldane Henderson would go on to become a partner in the firm. James Livesey's son, Fernando Harry Whitehead Livesey, joined the company in 1885 when the name was changed to Livesey & Son.