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William Smith Dixon

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William Smith Dixon (1824-1880)

1824 William Smith Dixon was born, son of William Dixon (1788-1859), owner of the Govan Iron Works and Calder Iron Works, and his first wife

1859 His father died in London. William Smith Dixon succeeded him in control of the business.

1860s He expanded the colliery side of the business adding new mines at Cockerhill, Titwood, and Ibrox.

Early 1870s, a new deeper coalfield around Blantyre was being developed.

1872 Dixon formed the works into a private limited company William Dixon Ltd which provided the funds for the Blantyre expansion.

Withdrew from active work in the business.

1880 He died in London in June 1880. The works were carried on by trustees.

1880 Obituary [1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  • William Dixon (1788-1859) [1]
  • Dixon family, ODNB [2]