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Colin Mather, Senior (c1812-1877)
1834 Machine maker, Brown St, Salford
1834 Webster, Birch and Mather of Brown St, Salford, was closed; Colin Mather intended to carry on the business in the same manner.
1851 Living in Broughton, Salford
1855 Described an earth-boring machine he had invented to the Society of Arts; his works were in Garden Lane Salford
1861 Took a prominent part in the movement for Parliamentary reform
1862 Patent to Colin Mather of Willow Bank, Brompton near Manchester, for improvement in spittoons
1871 Lived in Broughton, Lancs (age 59) with wife Ann (b. 1815), 3 daughters (Martha age 34, Ann age 26, Sarah age 24) and sons John H. Mather (age 20, calico printer, chemist) and Colin Mather (age 17, apprentice machinist).
1876 Retired from Salford Council
"Cast Iron Colin", as he came to be called, was an engineer of ingenuity and brilliance. As the active head of the business, with Grundy as his manager, he not only built up an efficient organisation to produce textile finishing machinery, he also concerned himself with a wide range of ingenious ideas, including the design of piston rings, particularly for use in ships engines. There was also well boring, the production of magnesium in quantity in cast iron pots instead of expensive platinum and porcelain vessels which had been used previously; and the method of preventing coastal erosion with a system of cast iron plates. He had something of Wilkinson’s zest for turning iron into a universal material and it was easy to see from the list of his pre-occupations how he came to earn his nickname