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Richard Birtwistle

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Richard Birtwistle (1834-1892) of S. S. Stott and Co

1892 Obituary [1]

RICHARD BIRTWISTLE was born at Haslingden, near Manchester, on 27th March 1834.

After serving his apprenticeship to engineering, he entered into partnership with Mr. Samuel S. Stott, with whom he purchased in 1866 the engineering and mill-wright business of his late father-in-law, Mr. John Lindsay, at Laneside Foundry, Haslingden.

At that time the place was of small dimensions, but through his ability and energy it rose to be ranked among the leading engineering establishments in the country, finding employment for a large number of workpeople.

On the death of his partner more than two years ago, he became the sole proprietor of the business.

Having been for several years a sufferer from bronchitis, he died at Southport on 18th April 1892, in the fifty-ninth year of his age.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1888.

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