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Andrew Spottiswoode

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Andrew Spottiswoode Printer to the King.

c.1787 Born in London, son of John Spottiswoode and his wife Margaret Penelope[1] (nee Strahan)

1819 Andrew and Robert Spottiswoode (nephews of Andrew Strahan) took on the printing business of Andrew Strahan, which later became Spottiswoode and Co

1826 Member of Parliament for Saltash from 1826 to 1830

1828-9 Sheriff of London

1830 MP for Colchester from 1830 to 1831

1830 Following the death of John Reeves the previous August, Spottiswoode received a 30-year patent as King’s printer.

c.1846 Lost his capital through financial speculation; his son William took over as Queen's printer[2]

1848 Andrew took his second son George Andrew Spottiswoode and Thomas Clark Shaw as partners in Spottiswoodes.

1851 Andrew Spottiswoode 64, printer, employing 171 and 49 boys at New Square and 210 men, women and boys at Queen's House and other, lived in Westminster with Mary Spottiswoode 50, Nora Spottiswoode 29, Augusta Spottiswoode 27, William Spottiswoode 26, George A Spottiswoode 23[3]

1855 He retired from the business in 1855, having already handed over his patent to his elder son William Spottiswoode.

1861 Andrew Spottiswoode 74, retired master printer, lived in Westminster with Mary Spottiswoode 60, Rosa Spottiswoode 39, George A Spottiswoode 33, master printer[4]

1866 Died in London[5]. This marked the end of the personal link between Spottiswoodes and Eyre and Spottiswoode, which were respectively continued by the two branches of the family.

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. Biography of William Spottiswoode, ODNB
  3. 1851 census
  4. 1861 census
  5. Find a grave
  • [1] History of Parliament