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William Collier

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William Collier, Senior, of William Collier and Co, Salford

c.1786 Born

At some point married (1) Elizabeth and (2) Anne Webster.

1827 English Patent granted on 10 November to William Collier, fustian shearer, for improvements in the power loom for weaving; communicated from abroad. On the same day an English Patent was granted to John Platt (of Salford), fustian dresser, for certain improvements in machinery for combing wool and other fibrous materials; communicated from abroad.[1] At some point Collier and Platt were partners.

1841 William Collier 55, machinist, living at Roman Road Terrace, Broughton, Elizth Collier 45, John Collier 20, William Collier 15, Lucy Collier 30, Amelia Collier 15, Susannah Collier 10, Jane Collier 5[2] (at that time ages were quoted with a tolerance of =/- 5 years). A neighbour in Roman Road Terrace was John Platt, machinist.

1863 April: Death of William Collier, Senior, in Southampton, an engineer and machinist. His widow was Anne Webster Collier[3]


  • Summary of Collier's 1827 patent here.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal, Volume 4, Oct 1827 - April 1828
  2. 1841 census
  3. national probate calendar