John Wilson Gillie founded Wilson & Gillie, also magnetic compass and nautical instrument makers, in North Shields in 1885. Throughout his career, John Wilson Gillie patented many improvements to the magnetic compass and binnacle.
We are proud to provide high quality, cost effective electronic and navigation equipment internationally from our head office in North Shields and factory in Birmingham in the UK. We also have representatives in Singapore and the USA.
We celebrated our bicentenary as the UK’s pre-eminent manufacturer of magnetic compass outfits in 2012.
We welcomed Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal to our head office in North Shields. Her Royal Highness toured our modern premises and saw demonstrations of our state of the art, fully Type Approved electronic navigation equipment – including our Bridge Navigation Watch Alarm System, (BNWAS) and our Intelligent Wind Alarm System, (IWAS).