Information on Isdale and McCallums soap works.
James Gibson was born in 1846 and died 1917 is more commenly known for his diversity in Monumental Sculptures, James started the family Business in 1883 at numerous Glasgow addresses.

The marriage to Jane Thompson in 1879 led to the birth of his son James who took over the family firm in 1917.

Amongst there many Glasgow Businesses they opened there first Paisley Business in Hawkhead Road opposite the gates to Hawkhead Cemetery which still remains open to this day.

There only ever recorded Non Cemetery work was for the Kelvingrove Exhibition of 1888 with there sculpture of " Ye Maunna Tramp on the Scotch Thristle LADDIE " which was comissioned by Paisley Soap Manufacturers Isdale and McCallum.

The Sculpture was to be displayed back at Isdale and McCallum in Rowan Street once the Exhibition finished.

Gibsons model for the boy has since been identified as Alexander S Cross who lived near the James's workshop and visited it regularly after school. Alexander S Cross eventually served as a Private in the 7th New Zealand Rifle Brigade in World War I and was killed at Messine Ridge in June 1917.

Such was the success of the sculpture that reduced copies of the group were made available from Gibsons showroom, cast in imitation bronze, for ten shillings each.

These were advertised daily in the local Paisley Daily Express.

Sadly parts of the original sculpture lies in storage after being vandalised when it had been on display at its new home at Eglington Country Park

James Gibson died on 17 February 1917 and was buried in Craigton Cemetery. His family are buried beside him, his son James, who died on 7 March, 1936, lying in a seperate lair. Both their monuments being produced by Gibsons.

Sir John Mills McCallum was a partner in the firm of Isdale and McCallum, John had followed in his fathers footsteps in going into business.

Born in 1847 and died on 10th January 1920 he was also a well known Liberal politician, he attended the Allen Glens School in Glasgow to follow his studies in Chemistry.

In 1875 he married Miss Oates who was the daughter of a Grimsby Justice of the peace and laterly became a member of the Paisley town council and Magistrate in 1899 also serving as a justice of the peace in the nearby town of Renfrew.

Mr McCallums first stood for Parliament in the Paisley General election on 1906, succeeding Mr William Dunn who had held the post for the previous 15 years.

One of McCallums other rolls within the town was President of the young mens Christian Association, Member of the Philosophical Society and a Director of both Paisley Museum and art Galleries and the local Poor Association in the Burgh.

McCallum died at Southdene in Paisley on the Morning of the 10th January 1920 aged 72 years.