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George Losh

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George Losh (1766-1846), was a chemical manufacturer

1766 Born the son of John Losh (1723-1789)‎

1797 the Losh family inherited a share in a coalmine on the Tyne at Walker in which a brine spring had been discovered. This provided a private source of salt for making soda. They avoided the duty on salt by evaporating the brine together with sulphuric acid, thus forming sulphate of soda[1]

c1798 Married Frances Wilkinson

Lived at Saltwellside, Gateshead for some years.

Took his family to France where he learnt more chemistry, communicating about this with his brother William at Walker Alkali Works

Late in life returned to Newcastle where he died at age of 80 in 1846.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1863/09/25
  • "The Worthies of Cumberland" by Henry Lonsdale, 1873