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Thompson, Forman and Homfray

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Also spelled as Thompson, Firman and Homfrey, of London

1784 Richard Forman I advanced more than £10,000 to the Homfrays to assist in funding the Penydarren Ironworks and became a partner in the concern.

By 1796 the Penydarren partnership included members of the Homfray family, Henry Forman of Woolwich (first secretary of the royal laboratories under Colonel Congreve), and Richard Forman I's son William.

After the Homfray family withdrew, William Forman became co-owner of the Penydarren Ironworks with William Thompson of London.

1799 William Thompson formed a new merchant house with Samuel Homfray and William Forman

1800 Offered a loan to build a second furnace at Aberdare Ironworks which was accepted[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Boulton and Watt correspondence [1]
  • Biography of the Formans, ODNB [2]