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Arthur Rigg (1839-1914)

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1869. Arthur Rigg's Irrigator Pump

Arthur Rigg (1839-1914), Specialist on turbines and screw propellers, of Arthur and James Rigg and Arthur Rigg

1839 Born in Liverpool son of the Reverend Arthur Rigg

1851 Arthur Rigg 39, living in Chester, with Elizabeth Rigg 40, Arthur Rigg 12, James Rigg 11, Henry Rigg 8, Mary Rigg 4, Edward Rigg 1[1]

c1857 Arthur Rigg, Senior acquired the Phoenix Ironworks for his sons Arthur and James

1857 Messrs Arthur and James Rigg exhibited some sectional wooden model diagrams of a steam engine, pump, parallel motion, corn and threshing machine, door lock, machine for morticing and tenoning timber; also sectional models of the electric telegraph, and the link motion for steam engines. Expected to be used in schools.

1858 Patent notice by Arthur Rigg, Senior and Arthur Rigg, Junior for "improvements in apparatus for tipping or upsetting coals, minerals, or other substances, and in brake machinery."[2]

1860 Patent to Arthur Rigg, Senior and Arthur Rigg, Junior for Improvements in preparing, sawing, planing, grooving, tongueing, moulding, mortising, and tenoning wood, part of which is applicable to preparing other vegetable substances[3]

1861 Arthur Rigg (junior) 23, Engineer, living at the Teaching College, Chester, with Arthur Rigg 49, Clergyman (Principal), Elizabeth Rigg 50, Alfred Rigg 5[4]

1864 Patent notice by Arthur Rigg, junior, of the city of Chester, Engineer, has given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in apparatus for propelling vessels."[5]

1865 Patent to Arthur Rigg, Junior, of the city of Chester, for the invention of " improvements in centrifugal pumps and fans."[6]

1865 Dissolution of the Partnership between Arthur Rigg, Junior and James Rigg, carrying on business as Engineers and Machinists, at George-street, in the city of Chester, under the style or firm of Arthur and James Rigg.[7]

See Arthur Rigg (London)

1871 Civil engineer, lodging in Marylebone[8]

1872 Patent to Arthur Rigg, Engineer, of St. Benet's chambers, Number One, Fenchurch-street, in the city of London, for an invention of "improvements in regulators of speed or power, applicable partly to engines and partly to other machinery."[9]

1872 Voiding of patent to William Macgeorge, Engineer, of No. 1, Castle-court, Birchin-lane, London, and Arthur Rigg, Junior, of the city of Chester, Engineer, for an invention of "improved mechanism for starting and working steam engines, partly applicable to other purposes."— Dated 19th July, 1869.[10]

1874 Patent to Arthur Rigg, Engineer, of Number 1, Fenchurch-street, London, E.C., for an invention of "improvements in governors and slide valves." voided in 1877[11]

1876 Designed water turbine for the Waltham Abbey gunpowder factory.

1884 President of the Society of Engineers

1888 Rigg's patented High-speed Revolving Steam Engine. [12]

c.1900 Designed a fresh-air inlet supply system for the ventilation of a suite of rooms in the Royal Botanic Society's Gardens, Regent's Park.

1903 of 42 Old Broad St, London EC

1914 Died in Surrey[13]


1914 Obituary.[14]



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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. London Gazette 7 September 1858
  3. London Gazette 30 October 1860
  4. 1861 census
  5. London Gazette 9 August 1864
  6. London Gazette 13 October 1865
  7. London Gazette 4 September 1866
  8. 1871 census
  9. London Gazette 24 December 1875
  10. London Gazette 26 July 1972
  11. London Gazette 2 November 1877
  12. The Engineer 1888/01/27 p69
  13. National Probate Calendar
  14. Engineering 1914 Jan-Jun: Index: General Index