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William Whitworth (1813-1886)

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William Whitworth (1813-1886) of Benjamin Whitworth and Brothers

1813 August 23rd. Born in Manchester (Methodist) the son of Nicholas Whitworth, Iron maker of Cleggswood, and his wife Sarah. Brother of Benjamin Whitworth

1886 December 28th. Died at Drogheda age 74.[1]


1887 Obituary [2]

The death is announced of Mr. William Whitworth, of the well-known firm of Messrs. Benjamin Whitworth and Brothers, cotton manufacturers, in this city.

The deceased, who was greatly beloved by his employee's, has, for a great number of years, been settled in Drogheda, where, along with his son (Mr. Nicholas), he managed the Irish business of the house. By these two enterprising Manchester men two large factories were established in Ireland, one known as the Boyne Mills, and the other as the Westgate Factory, there being between 3,000 and 4,000 people employed. Mr. Whitworth took great interest in all that concerned Drogheda and its inhabitants. He was member of all the local boards, and was exceedingly popular.

In 1869 he was sheriff, 1876 mayor, and subsequently an alderman. The deceased was a Member of Parliament for six years, having been returned for Newry in the Liberal interest in 1874, retaining his seat until 1880.

The immediate cause of death was a paralytic stroke. On Sunday Mr. Whitworth was striken down, but it was expected that he would survive the shock. But from a second stroke on Tuesday morning he never rallied. The deepest regret is felt in the town or his adoption, and out of respect, places of business were mourning, and the vessels in harbour had their colours half-mast high. At the statutory meeting of the Harbour Board of Drogheda, in the afternoon, a resolution of sympathy with the bereaved was passed, and the board at once adjourned.


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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Thursday 30 December 1886
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Sunday 02 January 1887