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Born in Stonefield, Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 22 December.
When his business began to grow, Mr. John Shanks took in his brother, Mr. A. F. 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 Mr. John Shanks, his son.