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Andrew Ross

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Andrew Ross (1798-1859) founder of Ross

Attended Christ Church School until the age of 14.

Apprentice to an optician named Gilbert who specialised in making telescopes and became manager

1818 Birth of son Thomas Ross

1830 Formed his own business

1851 Living at 2 Featherstone Buildings, Holborn: Andrew Ross (age 52 born St Dunstan, Herts), Optician. With his wife Elizabeth Ross (age 53 born Mackgate, Herts). Also an apprentice William Cave (age 20 born Shoreditch)

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