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Henry Vivian

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Born to John Vivian and his wife Anne, their third son; brother of Andrew Vivian

Henry Vivian worked the first Trevithick high-pressure puffer whim-engine in Stray Park Mine.

1796 Married Thomasina, sister of Richard Trevithick[1]

1814 Trevithick won an order from South America for 4 steam-engines, 4 winding engines, one portable rolling engine, two crushing mills, four extra-patent boilers, etc. Trevithick's brother-in-law, Henry Vivian (the brother of his late partner Andrew Vivian) wished to be the third person engaged to go with the machinery to America. Trevithick spoke of his honesty and ability but declined, on account of the family relationship, to take any part in the appointment. On the 1st September, 1814, Uville, Henry Vivian, Thomas Trevarthen, and William Bull sailed from Portsmouth for Lima in the Wildman[2].

1816 He died in Peru.

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. Life of Richard Trevithick by F. Trevithick: Volume 2: Chapter 21