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John Guest

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John Guest (1722-1787) was a brewer, farmer and coal merchant

1722 Born in Broseley, Shropshire.

Married Ann Willmore and had sons Thomas Guest and John Guest (1750-1824)

1760s Moved from Shropshire to south Wales, where he helped to start a furnace at Merthyr Tudful - he collaborated with Isaac Wilkinson in starting the Plymouth Ironworks.

1763 John Guest came to the attention of Thomas Lewis and the other Dowlais Ironworks partners.

1767 He was appointed manager of the Dowlais Ironworks on 30 April 1767. He built his first house at Morlais Brook, Gellifaelog but, isolated from his family, became a "lonely and melancholy man". He discovered coal on Lewis's property and used it to replace charcoal for smelting.

By 1767, Guest had moved most of his family to Dowlais.

1782 Became a partner in the Ironworks [1]

1787 November 25th. Death of John Guest

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Sources of Information

  1. Broseley', A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 10: Munslow Hundred (part), The Liberty and Borough of Wenlock (1998), pp. 257-293. [1]