Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,136 pages of information and 245,598 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

John Shanks

From Graces Guide

John Shanks (1825–1895) of Shanks and Co

Born in Stonefield, Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 22 December.

When his business began to grow, he took his brother Andrew Ferrier Shanks, as a partner.

Mr. John Shanks continued to develop his inventive genius up to the day of his death, taking out in forty years no fewer than a hundred patents and adapting various mechanical devices already known for the peculiar requirements of his work.

When he died in 1895 the whole conduct of the works fell on William Shanks, his nephew, and John Shanks, his son.

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Sources of Information

  • ‘Captains of Industry’ by William S. Murphy. Published 1901.