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Thomas Scott (1831-1902)

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Thomas Scott (c1831-1902) of Scott Brothers and of Keighley Engineering Co

1902 Obituary.[1]

...of Scott Brothers and of Keighley Engineering Co...fifty years been in business, was the oldest tool maker in Halifax...cut the first screw in the lathe in Halifax...

1902 Obituary.[2]

Mr. Thomas Scott, late senior partner of Scott Bros., Halifax, and Keighley Engineering Company, of Keighley, engineers and machine tool makers, has, after a very short illness, died at the age of seventy-one years. Mr. Scott had for fifty years been in business, was the oldest toolmaker in Halifax, and was active almost to the very end. Left without father in a fam1ly of twelve Mr. Scott commenced work at the early age of six years, driving the horse round the pit top. After this he made ropes and bands, then candles, then pots and general earthenware, all before the age of fourteen years. It may here be mentioned that he was the first to work in the family as it was then, he being the sixth child. He cut the first screw in the lathe in Halifax, and was manager at nineteen years of age to his employer. When he started business, he made his first boiler with two set pans, also his first steam engine. bored the cylinder out 7in. by hand, and made the setting up wheel out of a penny piece. He also sunk a well, 12 yards deep, and built for himself a chimney 17 yards high, without ladders, by leaving stepping stones inside same. He worked hard all through life, was well respected by all with whom he came into contact, and, further, made for himself and his father's family a good position.

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