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Joseph Bailey

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Joseph Bailey (1783 - 1858), iron-master, landowner, and M.P.

1783 Born the elder son of Joseph (or John) Bailey of Wakefield, and Susannah, sister of Richard Crawshay (1739 - 1810 ), the famous iron-master of Cyfarthfa. He was the elder brother of Crawshay Bailey

Walked to Merthyr to find his rich uncle.

1810 Richard Crawshay left a quarter share of the Cyfarthfa Ironworks to Joseph.

1813 Sold his share in Cyfarthfa to William Crawshay for £20,000.

1811 Together with Matthew Wayne, an experienced Cyfarthfa agent, he bought the Nant-y-glo works.

1820 Wayne transferred his interests in the works to Crawshay Bailey. The two brothers soon made Nant-y-glo one of the great iron-works of the kingdom.

1827 Joseph's wife, Maria (daughter of Joseph Latham of Llangattock, Brecknock, managing partner in the Beaufort Ironworks), died at Nant-y-glo on 27 May 1827.

1830 retired from personal direction of the works. Purchased Glanusk Park. Married Mary Ann, daughter of J. T. H. Hopper of Wilton Castle Co. Durham.

1833 The brothers acquired Beaufort Ironworks from Messrs. Kendall and Co and added it to their Nant-y-glo works.

1835 Elected M.P. for the city of Worcester

1847 Elected as member for the county of Brecknock

1852 Baronet

1858 Died 20 November 1858

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Sources of Information

  • Welsh Biography online [1]