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John Kennedy

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John Kennedy, a Scot, became a textile machinery manufacturer with interests in weaving.

1791 John Kennedy began business in a small way in Manchester, as soon as he had completed his apprenticeship, in conjunction with two other workmen, Sandford and MacConnel. Their business was mule-spinning which was very profitable at that time. They used any low-cost garret they could hire for mule-spinning.

1812 McConnel and Kennedy ran the largest cotton mill in Manchester

See Redhill Street Mill, Old Mill and Sedgewick Mill in Manchester



Another John Kennedy was an early railway engineer who was a judge at the Rainhill Trials.


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