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William Vansittart Bowater

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William Vansittart Bowater (15 March 1838 - 28 April 1907) was the founder of Bowater-Scott which was to emerge as Rexam, one of the United Kingdom's largest packaging businesses.

1861 William Bowater married Eliza Jane Davey and they went on to have nine children including Thomas Vansittart Bowater and Frank Bowater, both of whom were to become Lord Mayor of London.

They lived at Bury Hall in Edmonton

1881 Having trained as a manager with James Wrigley and Sons, a paper-maker in Manchester, William Bowater decided to establish himself in business as a paper agent in 1881.

The business expanded rapidly in the final decades of the nineteenth century supplying newsprint for both the Daily Mail and the Daily Chronicle.

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